HOLMDEL, N.J. - Holmdel Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team

The Holmdel Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Holmdel Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the Holmdel Police Department continues to make this service available to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience. 180 will be conducting the mandatory 40-hour training course for new DVRT volunteers October 2-25, Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm at Ocean Township Police Headquarters, 399 Monmouth Road. Applications are currently being accepted.

The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT Program are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide confidential support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at Holmdel Police Headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing support and crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. 

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Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, successfully complete the mandatory training, and attend a monthly supervisory meeting. The Holmdel Police Department and 180 are committed to a socially and culturally diverse team to better serve the community, so bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous.

Please contact Lt. Michael Pigott, DVRT DVLO, at 732-946-9690 ext. 1742 or mpigott@holmdelpolice.org, to obtain an application or for additional information.

For over forty-years, 180 Turning Lives Around, a private non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing, support, counseling, advocacy, education, and prevention in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call 180’s Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Visit www.180nj.org for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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The Following Are Warning Signs of Domestic Violence 

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.

In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.

Some of the signs of an abusive relationship include a partner who:

    • Tells you that you can never do anything right
    • Shows extreme jealousy of your friends and time spent away
    • Keeps you or discourages you from seeing friends or family members
    • Insults, demeans or shames you with put-downs
    • Controls every penny spent in the household
    • Takes your money or refuses to give you money for necessary expenses
    • Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you
    • Controls who you see, where you go, or what you do
    • Prevents you from making your own decisions
    • Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children
    • Prevents you from working or attending school
    • Destroys your property or threatens to hurt or kill your pets
    • Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons
    • Pressures you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with
    • Pressures you to use drugs or alcohol


Click the link above for more information, volunteer to help the Holmdel Police Department and join together to stomp out domestic abuse.