Domestic Violence Advocate
Position: Domestic Violence Advocate
Supervised By: Program Manager
Job Summary: Provides mobile advocacy services and support to survivors of relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault or abuse and their children.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Adhere to principles and practices of a DV focused Housing First model to include Trauma Informed Care; Harm Reduction and Safety Planning; Mobile Advocacy and Flexible Engagement.
- Provide coordinated entry and intake assessments for participants seeking housing support, identifying housing service needs and coordinating initial services
- Develop initial safety plan and provide services based upon urgency and level of need, survivor priorities and preferences, review and revise safety plan as needed
- Complete and maintain client records that document services provided.
- Educate survivors about dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and options/resources available.
- Meet survivors where it is safe and convenient for them.
- Mobilize multiple resources and community supports to prevent or counter abusive activities.
- Facilitate access to flexible financial assistance to address barriers to safety and stability, including assistance with housing and non-housing needs such as transportation (i.e. car repair), childcare, utility bills, school supplies, uniforms and permits required for employment.
- Advocate for survivors in areas such as employment, immigration, health, and children’s needs), i.e. help expunging a prior conviction that is preventing them from obtaining government-funded housing, or help repairing bad credit (often destroyed by the abuser).
- Engage in ongoing safety planning,
- Work proactively and creatively with survivors to in finding and securing safe, affordable housing
- Accompany survivors to housing appointments, act as liaisons with landlords, and negotiate leases.
- Provide crisis intervention, telephone advocacy and referrals;
- Complete all required training to include DV Counselor training (40 hours) and 24 hours of pre and in-service training on topics such as Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Competency, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Youth Development, Client Confidentiality/HIPPA, etc;
- Participate in system data collection; complete necessary paper work and forms.
Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in human services or related field or equivalent work or volunteer experience and training preferred. Skills: Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and respect diversity. Ability to provide support, structure, empathy, sound judgement and insight into human behavior and family relations. Awareness of relationship violence, child abuse, stalking, and sexual abuse and assault preferred. Knowledge: Knowledge of counseling and advocacy techniques for people who have been victims of domestic violence, including crisis intervention and case management skills beneficial. Previous employment or volunteer work in human services, community agencies or other related non-profit or social change organizations a plus. Other Requirements: Good oral and written communication and computer skills are required. Bilingual (Spanish/English) speaker preferred. Must be a Certified DV Counselor (completed 40-hour DV Counselor training pursuant to Evidence Code §1037.1) or willing to complete such training within 3 months of hire. Must pass a criminal background check. Must have a valid California driver’s license, a safe driving record, automobile insurance, and a reliable vehicle.
- Reading and typing on a computer frequently.
- Sitting for long periods of time at required meetings or in supervision.
- Daily traveling in car to meet with clients and attend agency and community meetings.
- Frequent travel to provide mobile advocacy for clients.
- Office space may be shared with frequent telephone and visitor contacts.
- The noise level fluctuates from quiet to noisy.
Home Start, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel because of gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.
Job Status: Full Time