(317) 731.6131 Beacon of Hope Crisis Center 6920 S. East Street, Suite B Indianapolis, IN 46227
Victim Advocate (Full Time)
Strong consideration will be given to candidates that are bilingual and that have a criminal justice degree.
The Victim Advocate reports to the Director of Victim Advocacy, and is responsible to provide supportive services including: crisis intervention, information, and appropriate case management services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault violence and to their family members, as needed. This position assists both adult and child victims in domestic violence cases. 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’s programs.
Continued education and training as needed to ensure adherence to the most current laws in the areas of victim services/advocacy (education and training services include general awareness presentations; teen dating violence prevention; workplace violence; healthcare; clergy and certified law enforcement training in domestic violence topics).
Developing and implementing victim services and educational programs, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
Provide or refer victims for Emergency support services, including:
Emergency financial assistance: - for food, clothing or other items related to breaking free from abuse
Emergency and essential transportation assistance – to safe shelter or essential appointments to becoming self-sufficient
Provide or refer victims for necessary counseling and/or other professional services, including:
Medical/Dental advocacy – assisting in locating necessary medical/dental for injuries related to domestic violence
Personal advocacy – including securing rights, remedies and services from other agencies
Victim Compensation Assistance/Advocacy
Communication with the CEO/Executive Director and other Coordinators to understand and support victim needs, while continually supporting all Beacon of Hope initiatives
Support and expand on existing programs with services of volunteers, including:
Crisis intervention services and emotional support (including phone or in person)
Life Skills Training/Economic Self Sufficiency Training
Pet Safety Assistance (contacting Beacon of Hope foster families)
Assist Director of Victim Advocacy and CEO/Executive Director with public outreach events related to domestic violence, victim advocacy, and Beacon of Hope services as directed
Court accompaniment and emergency advocacy including assistance in filing protective orders.
On-going maintenance of data/databases and records as necessary.
Gather data and assist with creation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by program’s funding sources and as directed by the Director of Victim Advocacy.
Participate in overseeing the supervision of the training for crisis operators as related to victim advocacy.
Attend all staff meetings.
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 the Center’s offices and supporting other areas whenever possible.
Qualified candidate will be a high school graduate and have a minimum of two years of experience in a not-for-profit organization working in a comparable capacity and can provide professional references to verify this experience. BSW degree or related field preferred. Valid Indiana driver’s license, insurance coverage and reliable transportation required. Qualified candidates must be familiar with the dynamics of domestic violence, of sexual assault and be 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; can respect confidentiality of the work that is performed at Beacon of Hope; have good record-keeping skills; and able to multi-task to handle multiple various projects. Able to adhere to strict standards of confidentiality and successful clearance of a criminal background check within three months. All advocates must have a thorough understanding of: the criminal justice system, victimology, crisis intervention, cultural/ethnic diversity, and applicable state victims’ rights/laws.