DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM ADVOCATE

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					CITY OF LOMPOC

                               DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
                                VICTIM ADVOCATE


DEFINITION:

Under general supervision to provide support for victims of domestic violence and certain
other crimes; to provide training and coordinate with Police Department personnel; to act as
a liaison with community resource agencies; and to perform related work as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:

This position reports to the Community Services Sergeant and performs counseling,
advocacy, and training services for victims of domestic violence and other crime victims
determined appropriate.

LICENSES REQUIRED:

Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver’s License.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Supports Police Officers in the field in domestic violence situations; counsels and advises
victims of community resources; arranges for emergency sheltering of victims and children;
assists victims with obtaining protection orders and crime victim compensation; transports
victims to shelter, medical facility, court and various services; provides immediate and
ongoing support to victims including court appearances; provides training to Police
Department staff on domestic violence issues; provides education to the community; works
with the District Attorney’s office and various community resources; participates with Task
Force committees concerned with domestic violence prevention and intervention; supervises
part-time staff and volunteers; performs related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

       Principles and practices of counseling and social work;
       Crisis intervention counseling;
       Laws and legal proceedings relating to domestic violence;
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(Domestic Violence Victim Advocate)


          Principles and practices of mediation; community resources and issues relating to
             domestic violence.

Ability to:

          Work effectively with victims in crisis situations;
          Analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course
            of action;
          Work effectively with law enforcement, courts, and community resources;
          Exercise excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
          Develop and conduct training; compile data and prepare well written
            reports and grant proposals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to
perform the duties of the position. The typical qualifying entrance background is completion
of substantial college level course work in counseling psychology, social work or a related field
usually at the Bachelor’s level, and three years experience in domestic violence or crisis
counseling.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

Strength: Light work, lifting, carrying and/or pushing 25 lbs maximum with frequent lifting
and/or carrying objects weighing up to 25 lbs. This position is subject to 24-hour call-out and
stressful situations.
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