POSITION: Legal Advocate
REPORTS TO: Director of Victim Services
Organization: HOPE HOUSE OF SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN, INC.
Provides legal advocacy, support, information and referral services to victims/survivors of domestic abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and sexual assault in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner so that victims are informed of their rights and legal options.
- 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
- Keep up-to-date of new laws affecting survivor’s safety
- Provides resources and referrals as needed to help meet survivor needs
- Consults with other members of the legal system for the protection of the victim/survivors and accountability of offenders within the court/criminal justice system.
- 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
- Provide information about the criminal justice process and victims’ rights.
- Understand the types of injunctions available to victims and the respective mandatory firearms surrender provisions, as well as the history leading up to legislative changes.
- Facilitate educational sessions for victims regarding family law topics and provide civil legal assistance with family law issues.
- Possess familiarity with and working knowledge of Wisconsin and federal laws, governing statutes, codes, procedures, and policies.
- Develop understanding of distinctions that exist with the Tribal laws.
- Host legal clinics as needed or requested by government agency or other stakeholders and community members.
- Provide crisis intervention/crisis response services including assessing safety and risk factors.
- Provide follow-up services for program participants, including support and encouragement to identify and achieve their personal goals.
- In collaboration with the mobile advocate teams, identify and implement strategies for identifying under-served populations specific to each individual county.
- 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.
- Licensed Attorney Preferred.
- 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.
To apply, please go to: https://www.hopehousescw.org/career-opportunities.html
Attachment: Legal Advocate