The Crisis Response Team (CRT) was designed to help bridge the gap in services for victims of domestic violence during non-business hours. It is now a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week crisis response to domestic violence in the DC Metro Area. Advocates answer calls on our Response Line, located inside the DC Superior Courthouse, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers also ride along with the Metropolitan Police Department to provide crisis intervention services on the scene of domestic violence calls.
Volunteer Advocates provide emotional support and information about the justice system, referrals to social service programs, access to immediate crisis shelter and access to the Emergency Temporary Protection Order Process.
- Answering the Response Line for no less than 8 hours (approx. two shifts) a month;
- Committing to 6 months of service;
- Riding along with police to provide services in person at the scene of the crime a few times a year;
- Attending monthly volunteer supervision and in-service meetings;
- Participating in other fun activities and events that SAFE has going on!
Completing the two week, 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Core Competency Training is required for CRT Volunteer Advocates. A ride along with MPD is also encouraged as part of the training process.
Trainings are available three times a year. To find out when the next available training is, visit our Upcoming Events page. This training is conducted after regular business hours and on weekends to accommodate those who work full-time or have other responsibilities.