Domestic Violence Advocate- Victims of Crime Act
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
The person in this position provides direct advocacy and intervention services to victims of domestic and intimate partner abuse within a trauma informed care model. Services shall be provided on the crisis line, through individual settings, and in conjunction with requests from victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking in need of assistance during court. This position will provide direct services to victims of crime to ensure that their rights are recognized and addressed according to Kentucky’s Crime Victims Bill of Rights (KRS 421.500). This position is under the supervision of the Non-Residential Services Manager and the Deputy Director.
- Accompany victims to court and/or meetings with law enforcement or other criminal justice agencies
- Educate victims about the criminal justice system, court procedures, crime victim’s compensation, immigration remedies, and their rights as a crime victim throughout the legal process.
- Provide information on legal protection and collaborate with local law enforcement to enhance services
- Assist victims in filing of emergency protective orders
- Provide services based on a trauma informed care model
- Provide victims with information on services available to them
- Coordinate services for immigrant, refugee, and undocumented victims of domestic violence
- Collaborate with the international community at the local, state, and national level to ensure information about services is available
- Answer the 24-hour crisis line and provide crisis intervention and referrals
- Complete the intake and assessment process as required by programs
- Complete progress reports daily on clients
- Establish appropriate service plan and means of implementation with each client
- Compile and report statistical information on clients as required by funding sources
- Assist victims in Family, District, and/or Circuit Court in designated counties
- Work designated holidays and assigned on call schedule according to agency policy.
- Attend all required trainings and staff meetings
- Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisors
- At least 18 years of age.
- Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, human services, or related field, or enrolled in a degree program.
- Knowledge of dynamics of domestic violence, safety planning, and justice system.
- Commitment to adhere to the Member Program Service Standards of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Commitment to complete required Certified Domestic Violence Advocate training.
- Completion of First Aid, CPR, and Blood-borne Pathogen Training.
- Valid Kentucky driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.
- Submit to criminal background check(s).