Domestic Violence Court Advocate - Full Time - SERV, Cumberland County NJ

***500 Sign on Bonus***  Center for Family Services is offering all new hires a $500 bonus!   The bonus will be paid in two installments.  The signing bonus is taxable, and all regular payroll taxes will be withheld.

Center For Family Services is looking for a responsible and organized individual to fill the Domestic Violence Court Advocate position within the Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program. SERV provides crisis intervention, counseling, and support to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking. The program provides personalized care to help people follow a path to healing. The Domestic Violence Court Advocate is responsible for the case management of victim/survivor services as well as educating, psycho-educational support counseling and advocating for victims/survivors of domestic violence. Domestic Violence Court Advocates report directly to the Outreach Supervisor.

Location:  Cumberland County, NJ

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide individual specialized support counseling and advocacy to victims/survivors of domestic violence at court including safety planning, community resources, follow up and connecting individuals to needed services.
  • Provide support to family members and significant others
  • Accompany victims/survivors through procedures at area hospitals, police departments, prosecutor's office, and court
  • Provide victim/survivor case-related medical and legal options, provide appropriate referrals for victims/survivors and significant others. 
  • Present educational and outreach programs in schools, community centers, church groups, etc., and Sensitivity Training programs to personnel at hospitals, police departments, courts and social agencies in the community.   Maintain effective working relationships with all court personnel.
  • Maintain victim/survivor case files including state agency paperwork requirement
  • Collect and maintain statistics as required by funding sources
  • Met grant requirements and complete required reports
  • Provide hotline coverage and duty days
  • Carry out other tasks as deemed necessary by supervisor to ensure success of the SERV program

 Requirements:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, Psychology, Criminal Justice or Human Services is preferred
  • Experience may substitute for education on a year to year basis.
  • Bilingual Spanish and English
  • Must successfully complete the 60-Hour New Jersey State Confidential Sexual Violence Advocacy and Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking training provided by Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV). 
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and public speaking is required
  • Experience working with people, especially on a one-to-one basis, and demonstrate sensitivity toward the needs of victims/survivors. 
  • Current driver's license with a good driving record of at least three years 
  • Vehicle with current insurance and registration 

All positions require pre-employment drug screening and criminal record checks. Many positions require motor vehicle record evaluations and medical clearances. Center for Family Services is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits packages. For more information, please visit our website at www.centerffs.org.