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Raritan Police Department Seeking Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department is seeking volunteers to join a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) through a partnership with Safe+Sound Somerset.

Safe+Sound Somerset is a private non-profit group in Somerset County that provides support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

According to a release, volunteers with DVRT are specially trained members of the community who assist victims of domestic violence at local police stations. They work with law enforcement to supply information and resources to victims in the aftermath of very stressful and traumatic events.

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In addition, the release said, DVRT members help victims with safety planning and navigating the Temporary Restraining Order process, and, by providing empathy and information, they help empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Volunteers, the release said, must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license, plus access to reliable transportation. In addition, volunteers have to participate in an interview process, submit to background checks and complete Safe+Sound Somerset's mandatory 40-hour training.

Anyone interested should contact Rochelle Ostenfeld at rostenfeld@safe-sound.org, or 908-359-0003, ext. 201, for more information on how to become a Domestic Violence Response Team volunteer.

Safe+Sound Somerset was founded in 1978, and is the only non-profit organization in Somerset County that is exclusively dedicated to serving those whose lives are have been impacted by domestic abuse. Services include counseling for adults and children, emergency shelter, transitional housing and legal advocacy.

If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the 24-hour confidential hotline at 866-685-1122.

For more information, visit www.safe-sound.org.

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