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Volunteer Response Teams

Domestic Violence Response Team
Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates


VPVA has a crisis intervention program to provide evening/weekend services to victims and survivors of domestic/dating and sexual violence within the Rutgers community. Team members and Advocates will assist the victim/survivor in a variety of ways, ultimately providing support and information to help them make informed decisions on the options that are available to them.  Typically, Team members and Advocates meet with the victim/survivor at RUPD, the Middlesex County Rape Crisis and Intervention Center in Edison, a local hospital or may speak with them over the phone.

VPVA and RUPD are committed to a multi-racial, multi-ethnic team to serve the community in the best manner possible.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, and submit to background investigations. An understanding of domestic and sexual violence issues is a plus, as is bilingual capability.

After successful completion of a 60 hour training program, volunteers will sign up for on-call coverage for evening and weekend hours. Training is held once a year in the early summer; usually from the third week of May to the second week of July.  The training occurs two evenings a week and at least one Saturday.

If you are interested in participating in training, please read over the introductory letter and complete the application materials.  Please bring or send the application and release authorization to:
VPVA, 3 Bartlett Street, CAC or email smithlj@echo.rutgers.edu

Introductory Letter
Application

Release Authorization

If you have questions or need further information please contact:
For the Domestic Violence Response Team:  Lisa Smith, 848-932-1181 or smithlj@echo.rutgers.edu
For Confidential Sexual Assault Advocates:  Laura Luciano, 848-932-1181 or lluciano@echo.rutgers.edu