DV Specialist Court Advocate
- Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Position Title: Domestic Violence Specialist- Court Advocate
General Description: The ACTS Domestic Violence Court Advocate provides crisis response as well as individual therapeutic support and safety planning for victims of Domestic Violence. The Domestic Violence Court Advocate provides court advocacy and accompaniment for victims of domestic violence at the Prince William Manassas Courthouse. In addition, the Domestic Violence Court Advocate provides educational services for the community, and serves on-call with the Lethality Assessment Program.
Division/Department: Crisis & Trauma Division
Supervisor: Domestic Violence Services- Court Program Coordinator
Essential Job Functions:
- Provides crisis intervention services to domestic violence victims and their families.
- Assists domestic violence survivors with the stabilization of their lives after victimization.
- Assists domestic violence survivors with understanding and participation in the civil and criminal justice system through court accompaniment and advocacy.
- Responds to domestic violence victims in need of immediate support, both while in the office and on call.
- Provides resources and referrals as appropriate.
- Maintains client records and tracks statistical data relevant to domestic violence victims, enters data into VADATA, and any other assigned data entry system.
- Processes domestic violence trauma cases with crisis line volunteers, advocates and group facilitators.
- Responsible for completing monthly STAT report and grant reports when they are due.
- Represents the agency on local task forces and committees.
- Provides training to new hires, volunteers/interns, allied professionals and community members.
- Provides support, information, and referral to ACTS callers as necessary.
- Provides crisis intervention support while on-call as assigned for the Lethality Assessment Program.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A minimum of 40 hours of domestic violence crisis intervention training (provided by ACTS); 40 hours of continuing education per fiscal year.
- Empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental attitude.
- Ability to remain calm in emotionally charged situations.
- Ability to work collaboratively with court staff, such as; Deputies, Attorneys, Judges, Clerks, etc.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Must have excellent organizational skills, and time management.
- Flexible schedule to meet client needs.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related human services field and criminal justice. Experience dealing with clients in crisis, as well as experience as a group facilitator and presenter.
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