Domestic Violence Advocate
Assisting domestic violence victims who come in contact with law enforcement personnel, which include rural agencies such as Bartonville Police Department, Chillicothe Police Department and other rural law enforcement agencies of Peoria County. Assists domestic violence victims who are in need of social service assistance.
Provides crisis intervention in the following manner: Coordinates in person meetings with victims utilizing reports obtained. Follows-up with victim as soon as possible after a crime was committed. Schedules and assists the victim with specific program needs.
May assist law enforcement agency personnel with photographing of victim’s injuries. Transports victim, if needed to a safe location. Serves on call as needed for rural law enforcement agencies. Acts as an advocate for domestic victims who have received physical injury and presents the domestic violence victim with the Illinois Crime Victim’s Compensation Program and assists them with the filling of claims and follows up as necessary.
Maintains a working relationship with various Social Service Agencies in the Community in order to implement a referral system. Keeps agency list updated for uniformity in referrals. Provides appropriate social service referrals and social services, as needed. May assist victim and appear in court with victim as needed. Assists the Project Coordinator with data collection protocols on domestic violence cases. Maintains as Excel database and submits quarterly reports to project Coordinator. Performs Community Outreach Programs as related to the Family Justice Center which includes public speaking at various community and law enforcement agencies, etc.
Attends regular meetings of the Justice Law Center and trainings mandated by grant requirements.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Social Work, or related human service area, preferred; or four years of specific education and experience.
Must have at least one year experience in a law enforcement setting or social services. Must have valid Illinois Driver’s license. Must be able to maintain confidentiality of criminal history and/or victimization of citizens and sensitive community problems. Must have effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with clients, public and department staff. Must have excellent problem solving skills and time management skills. Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, professionally and firmly with the general public of various economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Must have considerable knowledge of modern methods and practices of criminal activity and intervention techniques, practices and principals.