Domestic Violence Community Advocate

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. Our programs include 24-hour hotline services, emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, specialized children's services, community-based survivor advocacy programs and community education and training. Every year, REACH works with over 6,000 people in our 27 community service area and beyond.

Community Advocate - General Description

 

Staff at REACH are friendly, flexible and committed to providing services from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, relational model.

Community Advocates work with survivors from REACH's service area, providing one-to-one support and information. Through our service model, we pay special attention to the effects that trauma can have on a survivor's continued well-being and ability to recover. Advocates help survivors with everything from safety planning, to finding a new place to live, to accessing benefits such as food stamps and health care and more. Over the course of our interactions with survivors, we aim to increase skill building around coping mechanisms, self care and harm reduction, with the following overall goals in mind: 1. Participants feel and are safe. 2. Decreased feelings of isolation among victims of domestic violence. 3. Decreased use of negative coping skills. 4. Increased use of positive coping skills. 5. Increase in survivors' perceived mental wellbeing and ability to make decisions. 6. Increased access to outside resources.

Advocates also co-facilitate support groups, assist with children's services, supervise and/or train volunteers, and conduct trainings to community resources. The Community Advocate will work as a team, both within the community program, as well as with other REACH staff, and reports to the Director of Advocacy.

Direct Service:

  • Serve as advocate for community members, including advocacy work around issues such as housing, benefits, employment, childcare, medical and dental care, education, legal matters, immigration, mental health and substance abuse
  • Work with other REACH staff to address survivors' needs and concerns
  • Assist survivors with contacting community resources, setting up appointments, and transportation to and from appointments
  • Attend any meetings or appointments that will assist in providing quality advocacy to survivors
  • Work with REACH's Child and Adolescent Therapist to address children's needs, including school registration, daycare, after school programs, and summer camps
  • Co-facilitate assigned support groups

Systems Advocacy:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with housing authorities, DTA offices, DCF offices, employment agencies, medical, immigration, legal, substance abuse and other community resources
  • Track changes in availability and eligibility requirements for housing subsidies, welfare, and other benefits
  • Inform other programs and institutions on domestic violence and our programs, including leading trainings as appropriate.

 

Administrative/Supervisory:

  • Maintain survivors' records including service delivery records, advocacy plans, and other documentation in accordance with confidentiality guidelines
  • Participate in volunteer training and supervision
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advocacy

Work Schedule:
40 hours per week. Monday through Friday hours as discussed with Director of Advocacy. Flexibility for occasional evening, weekend, and holiday coverage, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent human services experience
  • At least 2-4 years advocacy experience, preferably in domestic violence field
  • Must have a car and be willing to transport survivors and their families

REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing, and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence, through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds. Our employment polices reflect our mission.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Maria Pizzimenti, Director of Advocacy, at jobs@reachma.org.

Waltham, Massachusetts
2013-12-01
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Maria Pizzimenti
jobs@reachma.org.

P.O. Box 540024, Waltham, MA, US
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