Victim Advocate (Part-Time Floater)

ID# 000289
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
6920 S East St
Indianapolis, IN 46227
United States
317-731-6131 (Main Phone)
Category
Industry
Social Services
Application Closing Date
9/18/2019
Manages Others
Yes
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
Yes
Security Clearance Required
Yes Criminal Background Check
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Part-Time
Travel
Heavy Travel
Job Description
The Victim Advocate reports to the Satellite Advocacy Supervisor and is responsible for providing supportive services including: crisis intervention, information, and appropriate case management services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This position assists both adult and child victims. The Victim Advocate serves as an informed source of support to the victim during the immediate crisis and works closely with various community organizations and legal services to successfully support the victim and Beacon of Hope Crisis Center programs. This position is a home-based location at just 20 hours a week, but must be available five out of seven days weekly. The Victim Advocate will be called to assist in the evening and on weekends when available. Hours and days will vary weekly. The Victim Advocate is responsible for updating calendar weekly to show availability.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Answer crisis calls when available after BOHCC office business hours.
-Assist with providing victim advocacy during evenings and weekends when available.
-Continued education and training on domestic violence and sexual assault.
-Maintain professionalism at all times including:
-Positive rapport with collaborative partners and express only positive feedback.
-Positive rapport with victims
-Provide victims to emergency support services, including:
-Emergency financial assistance for: food, clothing, or other items related to getting out of immediate crisis.
-Emergency and essential transportation assistance to safe shelter or essential appointments to aid in increased self-sufficiency.
-Emergency hotel stays when shelter beds are full.
-Connect victims to necessary counseling and/or other professional services, including:
-Medical/Dental advocacy – assisting in medical and dental services offered reduced or free through BOHCC service partners for injuries related to domestic violence or sexual assault.
-Personal advocacy – including securing rights, remedies, and services from other agencies.
-Victim Compensation Assistance/Advocacy
-In the event that BOHCC cannot provide what is needed for victims, provide the appropriate referral to victims (note that we have a process we follow for recommending referral resources.)
-Pass along important information to the leadership team that falls outside the scope of direct client service.
-Support and expand on existing programs with services of volunteers, including:
-Safety Planning
-Crisis Intervention services and emotional support (including phone or in person at an approved secured facility)
-Life Skills Training/Economic self-sufficiency training
-Pet Safety Assistance
-Assist CEO/Executive Director with public outreach events related to domestic violence, sexual assault, victim advocacy, and BOHCC services when requested.
-On-going maintenance of data/databases and records as necessary.
-Attend all staff meetings.

General Responsibilities:
Any staff member of Beacon of Hope Crisis Center will be responsible to support other staff and volunteers as needed, including cleanliness and care of offices and supporting other areas whenever possible.
Job Requirements
BSW degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Criminology or related field. Valid Indiana driver’s license, full coverage car insurance and reliable transportation required. Qualified candidates must be familiar with the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, experienced with public speaking, training, and volunteer recruitment in diverse populations. Applicant must have excellent written, verbal and computer skills; must be a self-starter; to reach and work with a wide diverse population; be able to respect confidentiality of the work that is performed for Beacon of Hope Crisis Center; have good record-keeping skills; and able to multi-task. Able to adhere to strict standards of confidentiality and successful clearance of a criminal background check. All advocates must have a thorough understanding of: the criminal justice system, victimology, crisis intervention, cultural/ethnic diversity, and applicable state victims’ rights/laws.
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