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Title:           Victim Advocate                                Code:                           

Division:  Victim Assistance                                Effective Date:     

Department:        Police                                        Last Revised:      

Application Deadline: Upon HIre                           Annual Wage $43,820

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs technical administrative duties assisting victims and witnesses of all crime categories assessing needs, providing information, and making appropriate referrals for services; acts as a liaison for victims between law enforcement, prosecution, and other agencies; educates victims about the court process and victim rights.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Police Chief or designee.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs technical administrative duties as needed to plan, implement and administer a program of assistance to domestic violence and crime victims involved in the criminal justice system. Advises victims by telephone, letter, or in person, of the Victim Assistance Program and services available. Coordinates services among various agencies in order to provide solid emotional, social, and financial support for crime victims. Act as liaison between victim, police officers, investigators, and community-based agencies.

Provide post-crisis intervention and counseling for victims of select crimes; reviews crime reports; interviews and assesses victims and families allegedly involved with domestic violence, sexual or physical abuse, or any violent crime; provides needs assessment from information obtained through victim interviews and background histories; evaluate needs and make appropriate referrals for counseling, housing, shelter, legal assistance, and other services.  

Assist victims in writing, filing and obtaining protective orders, preparing victim/witness statements and medical release forms; assist victims in filing applications for Crime Victims Reparations to help with medical expenses, lost wages, counseling expenses, and other financial assistance as applicable.

Works closely with the district court conveying victim wishes and history.  Interviews victims and communicates information gathered to the city prosecutor. Attend appropriate court proceedings to support victims; make necessary arrangements for non-English speaking participants; accommodate the hearing impaired and other disabilities; monitor court activity; inform victim/witness of court dates and any changes.

Manage assigned cases of victims and witnesses including detailed documentation and appropriate statistical database information.  Follow up on all assigned cases.

Produce quarterly and annual statistical and demographic progress reports.

Provides victim services and criminal justice information through presentations to law enforcement, victim service agencies, schools, and other related sources; host/chair various inter-agency meetings monthly: including sending reminders, taking notes, distributing notes, arranging for presentations pertinent to attendees, etc.

Delivers public presentations to inform and educate target audiences and the general public regarding victim advocacy program

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1.        Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school and college education in criminology, para-legal studies, a behavioral science, i.e., psychology, sociology, counseling or related field preferred;

 AND

B.        One (1) year of responsible experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C.        An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2.        Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

        Considerable knowledge of the operations of the criminal justice system; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, punctuation, English, etc.; the operation of personal computer and various software applications for word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets,   management; general accounting and bookkeeping procedures and practices.  Working knowledge of effective interviewing techniques; personnel training supervision; sociological and psychological issues, processes and procedures for working with crime victims and witnesses; various processes related to criminal document processes; the legal procedures of trials and courts; Some knowledge of various funding and grant sources available to the city.

Skill in using personal computers and applicable software applications including spreadsheets and database programs.

Ability to maintain confidentiality with information and data; work cooperatively with police officers, city attorneys, other agencies and the public; keep accurate records; accept supervision and direction; exercise initiative and sound judgment, to react resourcefully and responsibly under varying pressure conditions; listen well, to be non-judgmental, and provide emotional support and validation to the victims; interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including administrative and departmental policies and procedures; speak, read, understand and write the English language.  Bilingual capability in English-Spanish is highly desirable.

3.        Special Qualifications:

Further on-site training and educational opportunities will be provided as available (i.e., Utah Victim Assistance Academy, Crisis Intervention Training, Crime Victims Conferences, etc.)        

May be required to obtain Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault Certification and attend Utah State Victim Assistance Academy Training.

4.        Work Environment:

        An employee of this position divides time between work in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls and work in the field meeting with victims and staff of the criminal justice system and participating in court processes.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting and reaching.  Continuous talking, hearing and seeing required in the normal course of performing the job.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem-solving.  Regular travel required in normal course of job performance.  Duties may include exposure to physical confrontation and verbal abuse when attending domestic violence calls with an officer.

 



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