Police - Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)

Glen Ridge Domestic Violence Response TeamGlen Ridge is proud to have Domestic Violence Response Team volunteers. These volunteers are trained civilians who can help a victim take the first frightening steps to a safer life. DVRT volunteers help victims understand what is happening to them. They explain law enforcement policies and procedures, and help victims formulate a plan to keep themselves and their children safe.

On-going seminars, workshops and conferences are offered to current and new members of the DVRT team so that the most effective support can be offered to battered victims and their families. Additionally, DVRT volunteers are provided with beepers so that they can be available when help is needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Captain Sheila Byron at sebyron@glenridgenj.org. In 2008, MAC has allocated $1,000 to assist with the DVRT volunteers’ efforts.

Domestic Abuse – Domestic abuse does NOT start with physical violence. One partner may begin trying to control the other with verbal or emotional abuse before using physical violence to gain control of the relationship. Here are some forms of Domestic abuse:
Physical Abuse – Grabbing, punching, pinching or any other action that causes you physical distress.

Emotional Abuse – Extreme jealousy or possessiveness, strict relationship rules, always checking up on you, destroying personal property.

Verbal Abuse – Threats, constant criticism, humiliating remarks, name calling, yelling, telling you how to act and what to wear.

Sexual Abuse – Rape, forcing you to have sex, bragging about your sexual relationship, comparing you to past partners.

Financial Abuse – Strictly controlling household finances, forcing you to ask for money, refusing to give you money for necessary items.

All forms of abuse are harmful to you and your children. But there is help available. If you or someone you know is being hurt, the Borough of Glen Ridge want to help. Don’t wait until the next time, call 973-748-5400 now – we are available 24 hours a day.
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