The Legal Advocate educates and assists victims in the effective utilization of the criminal justice system.
1. Provide support and legal information to all Safe Passage clients.
2. Provide legal advocacy, including, but not limited to, the preparation of criminal and civil no contact orders and orders of protection.
3. Accompany clients to court for criminal and civil proceedings.
4. Remain current on criminal proceedings and keep client informed.
5. Attend bond calls and makes information about legal options and Safe Passage services available to victims.
6. Maintain relationship with criminal justice resources.
7. Remain current on relevant legal issues.
8. Provide professional training and institutional advocacy to other agencies and service providers in the county including, but not limited to, police departments and offices within the criminal justice system.
9.Participate in medical on-call and respond to police departments.
10. Participate in case consultations regarding clients.
11. Advocate for clients with other agencies in the community (e.g., DCFS, local mental health centers, etc.)
12. Provide community referrals when necessary.
13. Participate in the training of staff, volunteers, and interns. (This includes the 65 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training that is held three times a year.)
14. Participate in, prepare and plan activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
15. Maintain all paperwork and client files in a professional manner and in accordance with funder’s requirements.
16. Complete all necessary client documentation accurately and on time.
17. Be informed and knowledgeable about grant requirements associated with position. Work with Supervisor to ensure that all service-related requirements and expectations are met.
18. Participate in staff meetings, staffings, and supervision.
19. Participate in trainings and webinars to further professional development and be in compliance with ICASA.
20. Participate in public education efforts, as appropriate.
21. Participate in county and community networking meetings.
22. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required in human services field required. Must have an understanding of sexual assault and victim-centered services. Must complete state required domestic violence and sexual assault training within first three months of employment. Must have organizational abilities, good listening skills, and the ability to multi-task. Must be comfortable working within the criminal justice system. Must have knowledge of sexual assault, domestic violence, and Safe Passage Medical On-Call procedures. Spanish speaking a plus.
About Safe Passage Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency
The mission of Safe Passage is to promote the right of all to have non-violent and abuse free relationships through advocacy, intervention and prevention in DeKalb County. The vision of Safe Passage is that all women, children and men live free of violence in their relationships, homes and communities. We strive to accomplish this through a variety of programs and services. These include:
?... A 24/7 Hotline answered by trained advocates through which we provide crisis intervention, information and referrals for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
? Safety and stability for women and their children fleeing violence in their homes in our Emergency Shelter which houses up to 25 women and children.
? Long-term transitional housing for women and children who are working on reaching goals such as education, housing, jobs, etc. and need more time and support to establish themselves safely in the community
? Supportive services including medical advocacy to victims when they come into an emergency room due to domestic or sexual assault and legal advocacy to assist them in obtaining orders of protection, supporting them in court proceedings and helping them to learn and understand their legal rights.
? Individual, group and family counseling and therapy services for all victims of domestic and sexual violence who live at Safe Passage or come to us from the community.
? A Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) that provides psycho-educational groups for men and women who are charged with a domestic battery.
? A complete range of prevention education programs in schools to children K-12, college students and presentations for any community groups to raise awareness of the causes and effects of domestic and sexual violence.
? Education to first responders such as police, medical providers, teachers, recreation workers, youth workers and others to increase their understanding of the causes, effects and dynamics of domestic and sexual assault and how to identify and best respond to victims.