SAFE in Hunterdon trains and manages a Crisis Intervention Team that responds to domestic and sexual violence calls. This team is comprised of trained confidential victim advocate volunteers who provide 24-hour support, advocacy and information for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The team responds to all local police departments and at the Hunterdon Medical Center.
The Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)
Our Domestic Violence Team program is designed to meet the needs of a victim of domestic violence when she/he first comes into contact with the police or medical personnel as a result of a domestic violence incident. During the crisis period, the victim is often traumatized, and decisions regarding his/her legal options including applying for a temporary restraining order are difficult and confusing. The DVRT volunteer is trained in legal advocacy and his/her role is to explain to the victim her/his rights and options. The advocate works in collaboration with law enforcement using a victim centered trauma informed approach. During the call outs, the DVRT volunteer will speak with a victim about safety and provide information regarding the free and confidential services that are available at the agency as well as provide other county resources.
The DVRT Program began started in 1990 with the Flemington police department and has expanded to provide services to victims in all 26 municipalities in the county, as well as the Perryville, Kingwood and Washington state police barracks.
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Our SART program is designed to meet the needs of a victim of sexual violence when she/he first comes into contact with the police or medical personnel as a result of a sexual violence incident utilizing a trauma informed approach and practices. The primary mission of the Sexual Assault Response Team is to meet the needs and concerns of the sexual violence survivor by ensuring the immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive and comprehensive delivery of multi-disciplinary services in a non-judgmental, victim-focused manner.
As professionals, Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates (CSVA) provide survivors with complete information about legal, medical and therapeutic options that they may or may not choose to receive.