Orange Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team: Applications Available for Spring Training Session

The Orange Police Department, in conjunction with Rachel Coalition and  The Safe House, has a team of specially-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The volunteer advocates, who are civilian members of the community, work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT advocates are not trained to provide hotline services. The volunteer advocates are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have access to transportation, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, and submit to background investigations and fingerprinting. The 40-hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants. Rachel Coalition will be conducting a training beginning  March 3rd  in the Montclair area.   Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The Orange Police Department and Rachel Coalition are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.

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To request a DVRT application, please contact your local police station or Michele Frank at 

Rachel Coalition is an Essex County County-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is the prevention of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the Safe House Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline at  973-759-2154  24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information about Rachel Coalition and The Safe House, visit