Civil and Criminal Justice Advocate

POSITION: Civil and Criminal Justice Advocate

REPORTS TO: Director of Victim Services


Provides civil and criminal legal advocacy services to survivor of domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner. Work with law enforcement, prosecutors, probation officers, and judges and the community to meet the needs of victims who are depending on the court/criminal justice system for their safety.


  • Client Services
    • Provides safety planning sessions and one-to-one meetings with victim/survivors
    • Provide trauma-informed supportive counseling, advocacy, safety planning, and resources to youth and adult survivors of current and/or past domestic/dating violence and/or sexual assault
    • Provides resources and referrals as needed to help meet survivor needs
    • Attend and actively participate in staff and agency meetings.
    • Complete and submit grant reporting and application information as required.
    • Complete and submit program reports and annual work plans.
    • Adhere to agency policies, procedures and work rules.
    • Proactively engage in behaviors and activities that promote a safe, clean, productive work environment.
    • Foster an atmosphere of respect, cooperation and positive energy among co-workers and supervisors.
  • Civil/Criminal Justice
    • Act as a Service Representative for victim/survivors in Restraining Orders hearings.
    • Provide accompaniment/advocacy for victims/survivors in civil and criminal court proceedings.
    • Provide information and referrals to survivors seeking legal options/resources.
    • Assists survivor in obtaining Restraining Orders, amendments and extensions
    • Serve as an advocate for victim/survivors through the criminal justice process
    • Function as a liaison between the survivor and the criminal justice system
    • Keep accurate records of all client contacts, services and court hearings with and on behalf of the victim/survivors needs.
    • Notify victim/survivors of court orders/dates and status of offenders.
    • Consults with other members of the legal/criminal justice system and advocates for the protection of the victim/survivors and accountability of offenders within the court/criminal justice system.
    • Keep up-to-date of new laws affecting victim’s safety
  • On Call Rotation
    • Respond to requests from hospitals, health care providers, law enforcement and human services departments to provide direct client services for victims/survivors. Provide accompaniment for victims/survivors as requested.
    • Respond to law enforcement requests for advocacy services including victim interviews, Lethality Assessment Protocols, and faxed/email referrals.
    • Provide emergency transportation to clients entering shelter when safe to do so and no other option is available.
    • Provide shelter shift coverage on-site in the event the staff regularly scheduled is not able to work.



  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Women’s Studies or related field.
  • Two years of experience providing legal advocacy to victims of domestic assault or other crimes.
  • Knowledge of social service, welfare, mental health and justice systems pertinent to the needs of abused persons.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality is essential.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk, hear, walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work conditions for this job description are:

  • This position is based at the Resource Center in Baraboo, WI. Travel throughout the 5 county service area and Dane county is required occasionally.
  • Access to reliable transportation and travel are required to perform essential duties.
  • Must maintain valid Wisconsin driver’s license. Obtains and maintains the required motor vehicle liability insurance requirements and an acceptable motor vehicle record.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • Flexible work hours are required to accommodate for after-hours/weekend on call response, client services, meetings and community events.

NOTE: This information indicates the general nature of work and level of responsibility for this position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities. Hope House strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. Hope House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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