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Sojourner Advocate – Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program (CDAAP)
Full-time (40 hours)
Shift: Monday-Friday, Flexible hours but mostly first shift
Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC) employs dedicated, hardworking professionals who want to be of service to others and make a difference in Milwaukee and surrounding communities.
The Sojourner Advocate – CDAAP (Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program) works with clients whom have been referred by Milwaukee Police Department for follow-up support and services after a Domestic Violence incident has been reported. This advocate provides on-going support, case management, court support, referrals to community resources and more.
The candidate we seek must be comfortable in assisting survivors amidst a crisis, trauma and life altering events involving domestic violence, as well as addressing any identified safety concerns. Experience providing compassionate, non-judgmental care and support to people who may exhibit symptoms related to trauma, behavioral health illness and substance use is required. Must have the ability to calm in stressful circumstances, quickly build rapport with clients and also work well with SFPC staff and outside community partners.
The Sojourner Advocate-CDAAP will be assigned to a police district and will work primarily with victims of intimate partner violence but may also be working with victims of family violence, on a case by case basis, from diverse backgrounds to help them develop a safety plan and access community resources. The advocate will work with clients either individually and/or in groups, as needed, to offer information, support, education and other needed referrals and services. Additionally, this position will work closely with a team of law enforcement, prosecutors, probation/parole agents and other advocates to develop and implement protocols for proactively responding to family violence at a neighborhood level and promoting and enhancing victim safety.
Total Rewards Program We Provide
- Competitive Salary
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Short-Term Disability Insurance
- Group Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Generous 403B Retirement Plan with Match
- Employee Assistance Program
- Voluntary Benefits through Colonial Life Insurance
- Generous PTO Policy
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Comprehensive Wellness Program
How will your days be spent?
- Conduct outreach efforts to victims of domestic violence in an effort to provide information, support and education and safety planning as it relates to each client’s individual situation. This includes but is not limited to outreach via phone, in-person and home visits, according to protocol
- Will inform, educate, and prepare victims regarding offender’s status – in-custody, out-of-custody, bail, warrant status, etc. Register victims for VINE if offender is in custody and/or connect them with Probation & Parole, if necessary. Will work with clients to develop a personal safety plan while the offender is incarcerated or out-of-custody.
- Assess client’s emergency needs and help them access resources available through Sojourner Family Peace Center, the law enforcement system, the court systems (criminal and civil), the DOC system and within the community.
- Complete intakes with clients to help identify individual needs and assist with the development of a personal action plan built on formal/informal supports and community resources outlining goals and expectations. Utilize independent critical skills to identify additional challenges such as AODA and mental health issues that can present at varying levels of severity.
- Must possess basic knowledge of de-escalation techniques and ability to demonstrate when necessary.
- Have working knowledge and ability to perform Danger Assessment, LAP and other relevant screening tools.
- Know community resources (within the district and outside) and maintain active connections to them.
- Maintain a full understanding of onsite FPC partners including what services are provided and how to make appropriate referrals. Know community resources and maintain active connections to them.
- Accompany clients to court, revocation hearings, and other legal proceedings as requested or necessary.
- Attend case staffing meetings (internal or external) as needed/requested. Follow-up on DVHRT recommendations on client staffed cases.
- Maintain client files and computerized data files, including outcome information. Provide monthly statistical reports and district updates for assigned district(s).
- Assist with program development, evaluation, improvement and planning.
- Respond to requests from other team members (internally or externally) for support, information, referrals, and/or counsel to meet client needs. Observe MPD or suburban specific law enforcement jurisdiction protocols and follow directives from command staff, as they comply with Sojourner’s mission, policies and goals.
- Participate in the implementation of community level initiatives to address domestic violence on a neighborhood level. Provide community outreach and education as applicable.
- Assist in the development of an outreach plan, individualized to assigned district, which includes working with neighborhood groups, community based organizations, faith based organizations, etc. to disseminate information on domestic violence, human trafficking/sexual violence and the process of filing for the different restraining orders (i.e. Domestic Abuse, Harassment, Individual At-Risk and Child Abuse).
- Work with community prosecution team to identify and connect with clients who have safety planning, community resource and legal assistance needs.
- Support other MPD districts/suburban jurisdictions and internal agency departments as needed.
What are we looking for?
- Caring personality with the ability to maintain positive work relationships with diverse groups of people.
- Respectful and accepting of the choices of others and ability to inform clients about choices without exercising undue influence in regards to their decisions.
- Professionals who can remain calm and helpful when others are in crisis.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in social work, criminal justice, or other related field.
- Three to five years of professional experience in advocacy, case management, or other related field.
- Requires knowledge about basic proceedings in criminal, civil, and family law.
- Ability for flexible hours and an insured car with valid driver’s license.
Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Apply using our online application system at familypeacecenter.org/careers. Please apply and upload your resume directly to our web site; we do not access resumes posted in Indeed. The review process will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
SFPC is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire, promote and transfer qualified persons into all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status.
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