|Crisis Response Team volunteers provide support for victims at the police department by:
- Listening to the victim;
- Explaining the dynamics of domestic violence;
- Explaining legal options;
- Identifying services that can assist the victim; and
- Discussing a plan to stay safe.
Volunteers must first complete 40 hours of training, provided by JBWS, to become a CRT volunteer. Volunteers will be expected to attend subsequent quarterly team meetings and bi-annual training sessions. Team members are on-call during scheduled shifts, to assist domestic violence victims at Police Headquarters. Volunteers should have these qualifications:
- Sensitivity to victims of domestic violence;
- Ability to be non-judgmental;
- Excellent communication and listening skills;
- Ability to respect client confidentiality;
- A clear criminal record; and
- A valid driver's license.
*Bi-lingual volunteers are especially needed, but an additional language is not required.
The Police Department believes that Crisis Response Team volunteers play a significant role in helping to reduce both the incidence and the emotional trauma associated with domestic violence. Our officers support the valuable work performed by the CRT members. Please consider joining our efforts to make the community safer for all.
If interested in learning more about either the services provided by the CRT or volunteering for the Team, please contact Sergeant Dolores Lo Presti at 908-647-1800 ex. 510.