Alamosa, Colorado

Victim Advocate

Tu Casa Inc. -- Alamosa, Colorado

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service

 

 

Tu Casa serves the San Luis Valley, a rural area of approximately 8,000 sq. miles. Residents are often unaware of or unable to access resources available in more urban areas, due to poverty, geographic isolation, language and culture issues, and limited transportation. The vast majority of clients fit into one or more under-served statuses, including low-income, unemployed, Spanish-speaking, rural, immigrant, disabled, uninsured and LGBTQ. Originally established as a hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, Tu Casa's services have become more holistic, including counseling and community education, as well as specialized services for child victims of sexual assault and abuse. With most of Tu Casa's clients having suffered multiple victimizations (d.v., sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, etc.), we strive to provide impactful, trauma-informed services that truly fit their needs. The role of the Victim Advocate is central to our work.

Provide advocacy and crisis intervention services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families. Includes short-term crisis counseling (in person and on the telephone), community referrals, legal advocacy and assistance with protection orders, client transportation, and advocating for clients with other agencies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide crisis intervention, on-going outreach, advocacy, referrals, emergency transportation, and safety planning for victims and their children
  • Provide clients with court, hospital and law enforcement accompaniment as requested
  • Provide education to victims on protection orders and modifications
  • Ensure proper maintenance of client files and data necessary for statistical collection
  • Assist in meeting grant deliverables and reporting
  • Ensure crisis, shelter, and outreach client forms are updated and used appropriately by staff
  • Communicate with other Advocates to ensure clients receive regular, appropriate assistance.
  • Network/collaborate with other agencies

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in related field or 2 years of equivalent experience
  • Understanding of issues and dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations
  • Ability to work independently, while also working as a member of a team
  • Ability to work effectively with other professionals, agencies, schools, and the public
  • Organized, detail oriented, and flexible; able to identify and respond to shifting priorities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects, as directed by Program Director
  • Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), and problem solving skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Flexible hours may include some evening and weekend responsibilities
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.

This position will provide the MVS volunteer with real-world experience in working directly with clients, collaborating with other agencies, providing crisis assistance, and interfacing with other legal and social services systems.



 Program info

 

 

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 Program site

 

 

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