West Essex DVRT

West Essex Police Departments Seek Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team


The West Essex communities of Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, and West Caldwell, in conjunction with Rachel Coalition and the Safe House, has a team of specifically-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with the 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 the time of crisis at your local police departments. The advocates also discuss with the victim their rights to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT volunteers, whose identities are kept anonymous are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.   

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid NJ driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call basis, and submit to a background investigation and fingerprinting. Applicants must live in one of the 8 West Essex area towns. Applicants cannot have a criminal history or a history as a defendant in a domestic violence matter. The 40 hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants. Rachel Coalition will be conducting a 14 week training one night per week beginning in March on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The West Essex Police Departments and Rachel Coalition are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.   

To request a DVRT application, please contact Sergeant John Belotta, North Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-0800. Applications must be picked up in person and the deadline to file your application for the March training is January 31, 2015.