domestic violence program specialist
$34,000-$38,000 per year
Full time, non-exempt position
Health (partial payment), dental, and vision
Generous Vacation and Holiday Allowances
Metro Los Angeles Office
The Domestic Violence Program Specialist (DVPS) will assist in the continued development and implementation of the Domestic Abuse Response Team Program, in partnership with Los Angeles Police Department. DVPS will be assigned to a DART/LAPD program Division and will work closely with LAPD DART Officers, responding to survivors and families who have experienced domestic violence. DVPS will provide trauma informed emergency response services, crisis intervention, advocacy, safety planning, information and referral after police intervention. The DVPS will provide case management services to survivors as they maneuver through the various systems, while empowering them on their path to healing. This position requires someone who is energetic and resourceful, and has the ability to facilitate and maintain community partnerships that will affect domestic violence and sexual assault survivors’ interactions with the criminal justice, health care and mental health systems.
This position contains periodic on call 24/7 responsibility for accompaniment response and volunteer supervision.
Emergency Response Crisis Intervention:
- Provide direct services, including individual crisis intervention, advocacy, and referrals to Domestic and/or Sexual Violence survivors, children and non-offending family members.
- Identify client needs and assist in accessing services
- Safety plan, assist with shelter placement and Restraining order process
- Assist in the continued development and implementation of the Domestic Abuse Response team Program at Peace Over Violence.
- Coordinate the response team activities and communication with law enforcement, shelters, social service providers, etc
- POV Volunteer supervision at assigned LAPD division
- Facilitate communication between Peace Over Violence staff and LAPD DART team on a weekly basis
- Increase local domestic violence agencies’ abilities to become more accessible to all victims by encouraging local shelters, officials, school and private sector to take part in domestic violence awareness activities
- Educate survivors about he dynamics of sexual and domestic violence and available resources
Case Management and Advocacy:
- Prepare a case service plan for clients
- Conduct risk assessments safety planning and counseling with clients
- Educate clients about the dynamics of domestic violence and domestic violence resources
- Provide advocacy and follow up with law enforcement, housing, Cal works, schools, etc.
- Advocate with community SART/DART partners for sensitive, appropriate service delivery
- Coordinate clients' cases to ensure clients receive a full range of services as needed
- Help clients locate other resources and make referrals when appropriate
- Assist clients prepare, support, and educate on court process
- Accompany clients to both civil and criminal court hearings when possible
- Keep accurate and orderly records and files for clients
- Contact clients, schedule and conduct counseling and case management in-takes for in-person
- Comply with all confidentiality requirements
- Monitors cases by verifying clients' attendance; goals, intervention responses; advocating for needed services; obtaining additional resources; intervening in crises; providing personal support.
- Maintains clients' records by reviewing case notes; logging events and progress
Training and Collaboration:
- Together with POV volunteer coordinators, assist with crisis intervention, DART trainings and in-services
- Develop and facilitate trainings to social services agencies, medical/forensic personnel, and community partners
- Conduct roll-call trainings/updates to patrol officers and their supervisors on the issue of domestic violence response and POV services
- Assist in developing a plan for outreach and education to the underserved populations of Peace Over Violence’s service area in coordination with other Peace Over Violence staff
- Provide speaking engagements, trainings, and information tables as requested on Sexual assault, domestic violence and/or POV services
- Attend multidisciplinary meetings with community service providers, law enforcement agencies, etc.
- Represent Peace Over Violence to the public and media, when necessary.
- Ensure completion of client record data-entry forms & other client-related file upkeep in a timely manner
- Attend scheduled meetings
- Attend in-services, agency staff meeting, annual agency functions, and other agency meetings as needed
- Maintain accurate time sheets and agency paperwork
- Provide statistical analysis and narrative regarding Emergency Services activities for agency reports
- Adhere to necessary grant requirements for statistical tracking
- Prepare and maintain monthly progress reports of program activities
- Demonstrated knowledge of crisis intervention, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, stalking, elder abuse intervention; experience in Crisis Counseling
- Completed or intend to complete Peace Over Violence’s 82-hour counselor/advocate training or its equivalent
- Ability to establish effective working relationships with criminal justice and social service agencies members
- Ability to work with clients, volunteers and staff in a non-judgmental manner
- Ability to relate in a empathetic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to victims and their families
- Demonstrate initiative and professionalism; ability to work independently & maintain work load
- Strong & effective oral & written communication skills; public speaking, facilitating group discussions
- Ability to work well with a diverse group of people; comfortable with L.A. & Pasadena communities
- Capacity to balance and provide self-care while meeting the demands of a crisis center
- Computer Literacy required: email, word documents, internet basics
- Flexible Schedule to fit varying shifts; capacity to work some weekends and/or evenings
- Automobile needed with a valid driver’s license and insurance
Peace Over Violence encourages applicants from a diverse pool of candidates including candidates of color, candidates with disabilities, candidates who identify with the LGBTQ community and others.
Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to:
Peace Over Violence
Attn: Yvette Lozano
Peace Over Violence, 1015 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017
No phone calls, please
Peace Over Violence is a equal employment opportunity employer.