BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ -- Burlington County is putting out a call to volunteers to grow its Domestic Violence Response Team.

The Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) is made up of dedicated and caring volunteers who work with Providence House as well as local police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for victims. DVRT members respond to hospitals and local police departments to assist victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and human trafficking in their times of need.

Providence House of Catholic Charities provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic abuse and their children, with the goal of ending the cycle of domestic abuse through education, empowerment and advocacy, all while providing a safe haven from abuse.

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Established in Burlington County in 1978, Providence House provides confidential and free services to victims, including helping to separate from abusive individuals, change living arrangements and file restraining orders. Providence House also offers a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, emergency safe houses, individual and group counseling and support groups, services for older victims of abuse, children’s counseling and legal advocacy.

DVRT applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Burlington County, or employed in the area, have a valid New Jersey driver's license with access to transportation and no criminal history, which will be verified by a background check.

Virtual and in-person and socially-distant training classes will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout March and April.

If you are interested in applying to be a Burlington County Domestic Violence Response Team volunteer, reach out to Amy Baum, DVRT Coordinator for Providence House at (856) 904-4344 or abaum@cctrenton.org.

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