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Victim Advocate
Summary
Title:Victim Advocate
ID:3515
Department:Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona
Location:Phoenix, AZ
Description
About Childhelp
 
CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at www.childhelp.org
 
About Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona
 
Since 1998, the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona (CCCA) has been instilling a sense of serenity in abused and neglected children by providing treatment, intervention and investigation services. Cheerful colors, teddy bears, toys and child-friendly paintings line the walls of the fully accredited advocacy center enhancing each child’s sense of safety and well-being. 
The goal of CCCA is to provide medical treatment, mental health therapy, efficient investigational resources, and victim support services to address the immediate safety and complete well-being of children who are referred to the center. 

Position Summary:

Ensures that children and families are informed of and understand the ongoing events that occur during the investigative and legal process of a crime, while ensuring that the victim is treated with fairness, respect, and dignity and has freedom from intimidation, harassment, and abuse throughout the criminal justice process.  This role will link and work closely with other victim advocacy services in the community to ensure seamless coverage and transition for clients.
 
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Assists families in understanding the process and steps that occur during the investigation of the crime, including, but not limited to, helping the victim and family understand the forensic interview process, the medical exam, how to access mental health services including Childhelp Mental Health services, the role of detectives, and typical court proceedings
  • Provides families with community referrals and information for various resources, including counseling, shelters, housing assistance, daycare, etc.
  • Assists families with completing Crime Victim Compensation applications and attaining the documents requested by the Victim/Witness Assistance Program
  • Serves as a liaison between the victims and the investigating officers and/or caseworkers to provide clients with updates on the status of the investigation of their case
  • Attends court with clients for support, as needed
  • Completes follow-up questionnaires with families who receive investigative services from the Center to ensure quality of services received
  • Attends trainings for on-going education and career development, as needed
  • Recruits, trains and supervises interns who serve as victim advocates
  • Performs other duties, as assigned by the Director, which may aid in supporting the Victim and their family through the investigative process
 
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences with an emphasis in criminal justice, psychology, counseling, social work, or other related field
  • Previous work experience or professional training in victim advocacy and the criminal justice system is preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them
  • Ability to work in a confidential manner, ensuring information is shared with internal and external individuals in an appropriate manner
  • Working knowledge of characteristics and dynamics of abuse, neglect, victim/offender cycle, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma
  • Concise grammatical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to speak, read and write in Spanish is preferred
  • Ability to obtain an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card 

 

Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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