SAFE in Hunterdon trains and manages Crisis Intervention Teams that respond to domestic and sexual violence calls. Each 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 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.
When is the SART activated?
SART can be activated at the request of a victim, 24 hours a day, when the victim is of 13 years of age or older and the assault has occurred within the last five days.
How is the SART activated?
- By calling 911 or your local police department
- By contacting SAFE in Hunterdon by accessing the 24-hour hotline at 1 (888) 988-4033
- By going to the emergency room of the Hunterdon Medical Center. The phone number for the hospital is (908) 788-9100
The Domestic Violence Response Team - DVRT
The DVRT program began 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.
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.
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.
When is DVRT activated?
- Immediately following a domestic abuse occurrence where law enforcement is notified
- At the request of a victim or law enforcement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
How is DVRT activated?
- By calling 911 or your local police department or by going to your local police department
- Law enforcement will contact the SAFE in Hunterdon Hotline to activate a DVRT member