Volunteer & Career Opportunities at ADV

ADV is a proud division under the Bergen County Department of Human Services that provides critical non-residential support services to Bergen County residents impacted by domestic violence and dating abuse. ADV envisions a Bergen County where all persons, families, and communities are able to access and thrive in safe, equitable, and autonomous relationships. For over 42 years ADV’s team of dedicated professionals have sought to partner with individuals and groups to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, dating abuse, and other forms of intimate partner violence, through comprehensive service approaches that strategically address the multifaceted causes and effects of abuse in diverse communities, such as prevention education, crisis intervention, legal advocacy, evidence-based counseling programs, and coordinated community responses to violence.

Our team of advocates, licensed clinicians, educators, legal professionals, administrative staff, and volunteers are all united in their shared passion and commitment towards eliminating domestic violence, elevating survivor voices, and advancing safety and justice for all victims of abuse. The County of Bergen is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We welcome all persons of all backgrounds who share the same commitment to antiviolence principles, personal integrity, and a dedicated readiness to challenge injustice and inequity working against survivors, advocates, and our larger communities.

Job & Internship Opportunities

ADV is currently looking to fill the following positions. To apply for a position, please fill out the permanent application form and follow all instructions in the listing.

Program Development Specialist, Community Service (Domestic Violence Response Team [DVRT] Coordinator)

Under direction, the Domestic Violence Response Team Coordinator, in partnership with all Bergen County Police Departments, coordinates, supports and maintains all current Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT) in Bergen County. Work closely with all agency’s leaders and volunteers, to provide supervision, training support and guidance; does other related duties as required.

Responsibilities: (may include but not limited to)

  • Works in cooperation with other agencies within local communities to ensure ongoing communication and engagement; attend in person training and relationship building.
  • Recruit, screen, train and manage a team of volunteers for the Domestic Violence Response Team.
  • Develop and implement goals and objectives, ensure Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT) program coverage, and program outcomes.
  • As part of the volunteer team management, provide the first line of response to all volunteers.
  • Assist with officer training as requested.
  • Provide ongoing training and support at quarterly volunteer meetings.
  • Maintain up to date volunteer response team contact information.
  • Recruit and screen volunteers for all Alternatives to Domestic Violence programs. Engage in volunteer appreciation activities.
  • Update volunteer recruitment materials and maintain material for training curriculum and volunteer procedures.
  • Complete statistical and narrative reports monthly and as needed.
  • Maintain data on volunteer callouts.
  • Attending and representing the agency at various meetings to recruit and screen volunteers for all programs. Engage in volunteer appreciation activities.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.


  • Full-time. Mobile advocacy component included.
  • Availability for evening and weekend hours as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Sociology, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, or Social Work.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in Human Services.


  • Bi-lingual – Spanish preferred.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work well in a cooperative, team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Valid NJ Drivers License.

Please send employment application to resume@co.bergen.nj.usput in subject line job applying for, thank you.

The County of Bergen is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.

It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of The County of Bergen not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, partnership status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, caregiver status, unemployment status or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws.

This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, training, working conditions, transfer, job assignments, benefits, layoff, and termination.

Volunteer Opportunities

ADV is looking for compassionate community members who would like to be part of our volunteers’ team. We deeply appreciate your contributions to this challenging field. The value of your time and heart is immeasurable.

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)

Domestic Violence Response Team members work in coordination with municipal police departments throughout Bergen County. Volunteers assist victims of domestic violence by providing emotional support, information on domestic violence, and, referrals to social service agencies, emergency temporary safe house, legal resources and more. They can assist with filing the application for a temporary restraining order and help with safety planning.

All direct service volunteers will be required to complete a 40-hour training course. After successfully completing the training course, volunteers will have an opportunity to work different shifts throughout the week including weekends and late/overnight hours. An overall commitment of a minimum of one year is expected.

Ready to Take the Next Steps?

To apply and proceed with the Volunteer Onboarding process, please complete the Volunteer Application Form online.

  • The ADV team will review your application and send an informational e-mail and/or set up an interview.
  • Once the interview is complete, the candidate will be sent a Bergen County Liability Waiver of Injury, Background Check Authorization Form, Bergen County Anti-Harassment and Substance Abuse in the Workplace Policy, Volunteer Confidentiality and Policy Agreement for their signature.
  • When the forms are completed and received, we will send authorization for a Background Check. This is a required step for the safety of our clients.
  • When a clear background check is returned, we will schedule the candidate for trainings.

We appreciate your desire and commitment!

Join the Movement to End Domestic & Sexual Violence in Bergen County

Join Bergen County’s Coordinated Community Response Team

The Bergen County Coordinated Community Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence (CCR-DSV) is a community network of people and organizations in this County that coordinates and supports collaborative efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence, dating abuse, and coercive control. We accomplish this through awareness, prevention, education, and advocacy.

The CCR recognizes violence as a critical community problem that poses significant threats to individuals, families, and the community. The CCR also recognizes that the power dynamics between the victim/survivor and perpetrator in domestic and sexual violence cases, when viewed through the lens of coercive control, calls for a specialized system of response.

Addressing the root causes of violence requires a broad perspective in our coordination, education and advocacy activities.

Objectives of the County CCR:

  • To center victim safety and victim-centered responses at the heart of antiviolence dialogues, interventions, and systemic change processes in the Bergen County community
  • To share information about our community's response to violence in order to decrease the incidence of violence in our community
  • To plan, develop, implement, and monitor an integrated service model of effective intervention in violent situations; there will be a particular focus on the services model for domestic abuse and sexual assault
  • To monitor and seek to improve system performance in addressing violence in our community
  • To focus public attention on the problem of violence and to develop community resources to deter it
  • To propose and support legislation, ordinances, and other public policy protocols to further the organizational objectives

No one individual (or en tity) alone can end domestic violence which is why we are putting out a call to action for all of our community partners to join the Bergen County Coordinated Community Response Team. To add your agency or organization to the team, complete the following interest form below:

Contact Us

Marisa Heluk


Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076



24-hour Crisis Hotline: 201-336-7575 • Fax: 201-336-7555

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.