Family Resources is looking for a disciplined, professional and dedicated Domestic Abuse Legal Advocate. This Advocate will support and intercede on behalf of victims and survivors of domestic violence in Clinton, Jackson, Scott, Muscatine, and Louisa Counties. They will do this in the form of advocating for the client in regards to court hearings, helping them obtain orders of protection and other legal issues that our coalitions allow us to assist with, as well as providing community education and awareness when requested. They will also function as part of the Domestic Abuse Comprehensive Services team, provide crisis intervention services, and adhere to program and agency policies.
Position Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some evenings/weekends responsibilities
40 hours a week salaried position
Full-time benefits offered
Location: This position will cover Clinton and Jackson Counties
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide proficient comprehensive services in the processes of filing for civil orders of protection, modifications, contempt’s, and extension of these orders.
Provide services to individuals concerning criminal no contact orders including dismissals and modifications.
Provide emotional support and information to clients seeking Orders of Protection and Pro Se restraining orders, and other legal matters thereto related.
Accompany clients to legal matter related appointments, providing advocacy and support.
Maintain a working relationship with all courthouse personnel.
Support survivors through the process of filing criminal and civil charges for the prosecution of their abusers.
Provide confidential crisis intervention, supportive services, and information to the survivors, and other family members of domestic and teen dating violence.
Assist and advocate for survivors during medical exams, law enforcement reporting, investigation, and courtroom procedures.
Work from an empowerment philosophy and mindset that allows survivors to be treated as an individual.
Effectively assess survivors needs and objectively provide support where needed.
Fulfill on-call responsibilities (Nights, Weekends, and Holidays).
Complete individual intake appointments with clients and their children. Meet with survivors in individual and group sessions to provide information about the Iowa Domestic Violence laws.
Link clients with other community services when requested.
Assume a leadership role in instances where case coordination is required.
Attend staff meetings.
Maintain working knowledge of the Iowa legal codes as they pertain to domestic abuse services.
Provide referrals, information, and materials to other counselors and volunteers working with clients.
Maintain client confidentiality.
Develop and maintain a working knowledge of community services and referral sources.
Meet ICADV certification standards.
Complete case documentation, reports, and statistical information in a timely manner. Maintain a 60% minimum productivity level.
Maintain scheduled work hours and notify your supervisor of any absences.
Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and agency personnel policies.
Provide flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the clients.
Maintain a working knowledge of child abuse laws and reporting procedures.
Provide systems advocacy to those agencies and systems working with domestic abuse survivors and their families.
Participate in obtaining the initial 30-hour Victim Counselor training on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and related issues as well as attend the Advance Core training and the Advanced Domestic Abuse training.
Provide public education, in-services, and promote community networking.
Maintain high professional standards.
Other responsibilities as assigned
Bachelor's Degree requiredin social work or other human services field. With 3 years of experience working in the human services field with Domestic Abuse victims preferred.
Must have current proof of car insurance, able to pass driving background check and have reliable transportation.
Bilingual and/or bi-cultural applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
About Family Resources
At Family Resources, we believe in strengthening children, families, and individuals in our community - it's the passion that permeates everything we do. Family Resources has grown to become one of the state's largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and survivor services. We recognize that these children, families, and individuals come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach them where they are right now.
Family Resources offers a comprehensive benefits package, excellent wages, and opportunities for growth & advancement!
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