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Legal Advocate

Domestic Abuse Project


Organization Summary:

DAP Overview

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 $1m-$1.5m.



Diversity Statement:

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

Primary Duties:

Position Responsibilities Overview

* Follows up with victim/survivors on domestic assault related police reports in the city of Minneapolis

* Attends criminal court proceedings in Hennepin County and provides victim/survivors with support and information surrounding the criminal justice system process

* Conducts pre/post criminal court calls to victim/survivors to notify them of court orders/appearances/case status, etc. and to provide all relevant information to facilitate their involvement in every court appearance

* Conducts safety planning and provides crisis support with victim/survivors

* Assists in writing Orders of Protection

* Attends related Order of Protection civil court proceedings as needed and provides information and support to victim/survivors throughout the process

* Maintains confidentiality and a professional demeanor in behavior and dress

* Keeps accurate records of all contact with and on behalf of victim/survivors

* Provides resource referrals, such as shelter, legal services, housing, etc.

* Assists victim/survivors with other needs such as safe housing, lock changes, and transportation

* Conducts safety planning for MFIP Applications and assists with Safe at Home applications as certified

* Follows up on all referrals received from First Call-first point of contact for a victim/survivor at DAP

* Conducts First Call shifts as assigned

* Other job duties as assigned 


Skills Profile

* Ability to respond effectively to people in crisis situations and with people of diverse backgrounds with dignity and respect

* Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to support victim/survivors, to work well with the staff, and to work effectively in the community and with other service providers

* Advocate contributes to a positive work climate and culture


What does Success Look Like for the Advocate?

The success of the Advocate will require effectively and ethically meeting the stated needs of clients who are seeking domestic violence services. The therapist will engage in trauma-informed, client-centered care which is attuned to the needs of a diverse and multi-cultural population. They will engage with other systems’ representatives, the advocacy team, other DAP staff and clients with professionalism, mutual respect, and compassion.


Expectations and Qualifications


* 30-minute lunch break

* If you are sick or unexpectedly out of the office, notify supervisor immediately and request assistance with coverage

* When out of the office using PTO (i.e. on vacation), you are responsible for notifying your supervisor and Advocacy team in advance and getting coverage as needed

* All program and agency concerns or questions can be communicated to the Advocacy supervisor. Follow employee handbook for additional steps as needed


* Previous crisis advocacy experience preferred and/or some knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence

* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in social service related field

* 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

* A general interest in social justice, women’s issues, domestic abuse, human rights, and advocacy

* Ability to work with people from diverse racial, cultural, and social-economic backgrounds

* Must have own transportation 


How To Apply:

 Please email a cover letter and resume to to apply.


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