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Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate

Posted: 08/25/2021

Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate
 
Position Title: Advocate
Description: This position will work to advocate on behalf of those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking
Reports to: Assistant Director
Responsibilities
 
Direct Services:

  • Provide advocacy, support, crisis intervention, case information and referral services to individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, exploitation and trafficking.
  • Assess individual needs and cultural considerations while providing trauma-informed advocacy
  • Provide assistance and advocacy to individuals during: hospital exams, police investigations, court proceedings, and meetings with system personnel and others in accordance with the policies and best practices of the SWCC.
  • Maintain high level of knowledge about services available to individuals in the community and provide access to those services
  • Facilitate/coordinate discussion and education groups for victims/survivors
  • Provide access to transportation
  • Provide safe housing for victims and children (and pets, if applicable)
  • Maintain and ensure confidentiality and follow agency/state policies on requirements related to mandated reporting
  • Be part of the on-call rotation for the 24-hour Safe Line
 
Reporting:
  • Document contact and services provided.
  • Assist in annual reporting
  • Make mandated reports as needed in cases of suspected child abuse or child neglect to Child Protection. 
     
Collaboration and Outreach
  • Participate in collaborative meetings as approved by supervisor.
  • Maintain SWCC presence in the county by:
    • Making sure community agencies are provided with updated brochures and Safe Line cards on a consistent basis.
    • Conducting outreach presentations to professionals and community members about SWCC services
    • Work with Awareness Committee to conduct programs for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 
Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the intersections between child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and trauma.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how trauma impacts healing on an individual level and cultural level.
  • Possess a strong sensitivity to a wide variety of cultures and beliefs, even if different from one’s own and ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the systems designed to serve individuals who have experienced domestic and sexual violence and their children.
  • Ability to understand the services, policies and procedures used by criminal justice, family court, human service and healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and facilitate collaborative responses for victims of domestic abuse.
  • Possess a strong sense of professionalism as it relates to confidentiality and interactions with co-workers, systems professionals, and other staff
  • Ability to be self-motivated, take direction, and have open communication with colleagues
  • Understanding of the dynamics of self-care and the ability to recognize your own needs as it relates to a work-life balance.
  • Ability to use a computer – including programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and to draft correspondence.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and be part of 24-hour on call rotation
  • Maintain a clean, reliable vehicle with insurance and possess a valid MN Driver’s License and clean driving record.
  • Provide safe, clean and comfortable transportation to clients and maintain good driving record with safe driving habits
  • Ability to travel within a 60-mile radius
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
 
Preferences:
  • We welcome individuals who have experienced sexual exploitation/trafficking, domestic violence and/or sexual assault
  • Ability to read and write in a language common to the area other than English
 
To Apply
Fill out the SWCC APPLICATION—found on our website (mnswcc.org) along with your Resume, Cover Letter, and at least 3 professional references to—Kari Voss-Drost, Southwest Crisis Center , PO Box 111, Worthington MN or kari@mnswcc.org      

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