Experienced Domestic Violence Advocate
This is an open and continuous position for which we are actively recruiting.
Who We Are:
Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) is a private, nonprofit organization serving all of western Riverside County, California, with a range of services aimed at breaking the cycle of physical and emotional violence within families and the wider community.
The Experienced Domestic Violence Advocate conducts assessments with domestic violence clients to identify legal issues, options, and goals and provides education, referrals, and resources to support the client’s safety planning needs. This position also assists, supports and encourages clients in areas such as paraprofessional crisis intervention, individual and/or group counseling, advocacy including Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) assistance as well as court accompaniment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
- Determines the nature and degree of client dilemmas by conducting interviews to assess challenges in the areas of finance, personal and family adjustments, employment, shelter, transportation, physical and mental impairments as well as food and clothing needs.
- Secures confidential information such as medical, psychological and social factors contributing to the client’s situation for use in evaluating the client’s capacities.
- Assists clients in obtaining Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) to include Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse and/or Civil Harassment.
- Counsels clients individually, with family or other small groups and implements a plan for meeting their needs. Assists clients to mobilize inner capacities and environmental resources to improve social functioning.
- Guides clients on how to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems and client’s ownership in creating them.
- Researches and helps to implement changing policies in regard to Domestic Violence.
- Refers clients to community resources and other organizations.
- Compiles records and prepares reports
- Reviews service plans and performs follow-up to determine quantity and quality of services provided to the client and status of the client’s case.
- Complies with established agency policies and procedures.
Education, Experience and Other Requirements:
Graduate Degree (BA) from a four-year college or university with at least two years of related experience; knowledge and experience with Family Law and the legal system preferred. An understanding of domestic violence issues from a victim advocacy perspective a plus. Must be computer literate with knowledge of database software and web browsing.
Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
The ability to pass a pre-employment background check is required.
Salary: $19.00 to $24.00 per hour
Please Note: Alternatives to Domestic Violence is a small 501c3 nonprofit and does not currently offer medical benefits; we do, however, offer a generous vacation, holiday, and sick package. We also encourage work/life balance which includes a one-year paid Gym Membership upon completion of the probationary period as well as a Tuition Reimbursement Program. (restrictions apply).