JOB TITLE: Victim Advocate
REPORTS TO: Assistant Crisis Services Director
PURPOSE: To assist victims of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking in all SOS counties through crisis support, referral, case planning, information, and resources referrals; identify victims of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking via the court system and offer necessary and appropriate services and follow-up to identified victims; to provide education and referrals for victims; to act as a responder for court support documents (protection from abuse (PFA) or stalking (PFS) reports) for all counties.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: An ability to work with a variety of people, including those of different races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds; Good communication, time management, and advocacy skills as well as empathetic, client-centered orientation; Ability to represent the agency in a positive and professional manner; Bachelors degree in a related field or related work experience; patience with and empathy towards victims.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of sexual and domestic violence and issues pertaining to the empowerment of women and children; Bilingual (preferably English and Spanish); Master’s degree in an appropriate field.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Provide response in assisting with PFA’s and other court support; Keep records of the number of victims requesting assistance for PFA orders; information gathered needs to show an increase in victim’s knowledge of community resources and safety planning.
- Identify victims of domestic violence through court. Respond to calls from court personnel or victims to assist with paperwork and safety planning as needed.
- Accompany clients to court for protection from abuse (PFAs) or other matters, to the hospital for medical treatment and to law enforcement agencies as needed in order to provide support.
- Provide short-term one-on-one support to clients both in and outside the shelter. Support may be in the form of counseling, teaching life skills, or assisting with employment opportunities.
- Work with clients to give them guidance and moral support, providing them with tangible options. Help clients develop and maintain a safety plan.
- Offer support services (cell phones, extra outside contacts, locks changed, other safety precautions), face to face or by phone follow-up and referral to appropriate community resources and safety planning for victims of domestic violence.
- Respond to police calls as needed when it is safe to do so, give the victim information about SOS, and safety plan with them. Follow up with victim the next working day.
- Offer long-term support to victim through follow-up, ongoing peer support, support groups, and referrals including SOS contract mental health assistance.
- Document contacts and other imperative information per agency policy and procedures in a timely manner.
- Provide in-house crisis support intake and case planning as backup to other victim advocates when needed.
- Provide on-call relief with other staff.
- Participate in staff meetings and supervision;
- Attend approved professional training and continuing education opportunities.
- Other duties as assigned by your supervisor or the SOS Executive Director, including complying with grant goals, objectives, and reports.
STATUS: Full time/Non-Exempt
SOS is an equal opportunity employer.
Connie Cahoone, SOS, Box 1191, Emporia, KS 66801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE MISSION OF SOS
To empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.