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Domestic Abuse Legal Advocate

Domestic Abuse Project



 

Organization Summary:

Since 1979, Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) has served the Twin Cities’ community with innovative and successful programming to end the inter-generational cycle of domestic violence. We have made it our mission to work with all affected members of the family – men, women, and children – to stop domestic violence as it occurs and prevent it in the future. DAP has grown its annual operating budget to $1.7m-$1.9m. 

DAP is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of all people regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, ethnicity, protected veteran status and/or disability. We prioritize and actively seek to create an agency that is anti-racist and anti-oppressive, free of discrimination, bias, and harassment. We value having an environment where all individuals receive dignity, safety and respect.  


 
Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Legal, Civil Rights Advocacy, Crime
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: DOQ
Hours: 40 
 

Primary Duties:

Working with and reporting to the Supervisor of the Advocacy Program, this position is accountable for providing individual advocacy services to victim/survivors of domestic abuse. This role will require direct client care with victim/survivors of domestic abuse of diverse cultural backgrounds. This position includes, but is not limited to, services that are client centered, trauma-informed, culturally specific, systemic, and have a holistic approach. The Advocate provides follow up on police reports, attends criminal and civil proceedings in Hennepin county, provides victim/survivors with support and information about the criminal justice system process, conducts safety planning and crisis support, assists in writing Orders of Protections and provides resources and referrals to community agencies as necessary. The Advocate will be expected to participate in program development, case consultations, weekly meetings and trainings, as well as community outreach when appropriate. 

Responsibilities 

The Advocate position requires exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to support and work with victim/survivors of domestic violence, to work well with the staff, and to work effectively in the community and with other service providers. The Advocate contributes to a positive work climate and culture. 

The success of this position will require effectively and ethically meeting the stated needs of clients who are seeking domestic violence services. The advocate will engage in trauma-informed, client-centered, and culturally appropriate care which is attuned to the needs of a diverse and multi-cultural population. They will engage with other systems representatives, the various teams at DAP, and clients with professionalism, mutual respect, and compassion.  


Experience:

 Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social service related field 
  • Must have own transportation and a valid driver’s license 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including oral and written communication, team building, working with and engaging clients and colleagues 
  • Computer skills: Microsoft office, email, data entry 
  • Ability to work with people from diverse racial, cultural, and social-economic backgrounds 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Previous crisis advocacy experience preferred and/or some knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence  
  • A general interest in social justice, women’s issues, domestic abuse, human rights, and advocacy 

 

How To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Siri Lokensgard at slokensgard@mndap.org 


 

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