Stanhope and Hopatcong – Applications are currently being accepted for volunteers to join the Stanhope – Hopatcong regional Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) working with the Stanhope and Hopatcong Police Departments. These teams of trained community members will respond to the police station immediately following an incident of domestic violence, assisting victims and their children by offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals. Volunteers work in partnership with law enforcement officers and domestic violence professionals, each partner bringing separate and distinct skills and expertise to the collaborative project.
The application process includes submission of the application form, a personal interview, completion of a 40-hour training course, and reference and criminal background checks. The DVRT volunteer training for this joint team will begin in early 2015. Interested persons are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible to begin the process. Applications are available by contacting DASI at 973-579-2386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
The staff of DASI believes in the strength of survivors and begins by helping them to believe in themselves.
Many survivors are unaware that they have shown strength and courage in coping with their situations, in protecting their children, or by simply staying alive. Survivors can only make informed decisions about their lives when they feel safe, when they are aware of their options and when they know they are not alone.
DASI staff can assist with physical, emotional and psychological injuries, and help with safety planning, housing and financial emergencies. Services such as a 24-hour helpline, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, advocacy, court preparation, medical and legal accompaniment, children's services, transportation, food and clothing are available.
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"DASI literally saved my life and my daughter's life. We were so afraid something really bad was going to happen, and we were very grateful for the shelter." T.M.
"Facing him in court alone would have been my undoing.
The support of my advocate and the information she shared with me was SO helpful in making important life decisions and moving forward." D.S.