Legal & Community Advocate

Legal & Community Advocate Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:

     Direct Service

  • Coordinate with community partners to ensure that police reports from Project Safe’s outer counties are promptly reviewed and potential clients are reached out to in a timely manner, informing them of services available.
  • Accurately identify crimes involving intimate partner violence and their lethality factors in outer country incident reports reviewed.
  • Serve as a liaison between victims of domestic violence and Family Violence Intervention program providers.
  • Ensure victims are informed of their rights as the victim of a crime, including completion of crime victim compensation applications, registering with VINE, and offering other resources as appropriate.
  • Ensure all persons seeking assistance receive trauma-informed services including crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, advocacy, and information about the various criminal justice
  • Advocate for and accompany victims throughout civil and criminal court proceedings as requested.
  • Facilitate trauma-informed support groups that provide domestic violence education and peer support with the goal of empowerment and healing.
  • Oversee and participate in the weekly walk-in clinic rotation providing victims of domestic violence with face-to-face resources to identify immediate needs relating to a survivor’s domestic violence situation.
  • Ensure the completion of all required paperwork, case notes, and statistical information continually ensuring strict confidentiality in line with our organizational values.

     Partnership Development

  • Build alliances and collaborative relationships in our outer counties at all levels of the criminal justice system, prioritizing comprehensive services to survivors.
  • Present on current domestic violence trends within our service area to both criminal justice system agencies and community partners.
  • Initiate contact and maintain connections with attorneys willing to provide pro bono or reduced-fee legal services for victims of domestic violence.
  • Assist in creating a supportive environment for victims to voluntarily report information to law enforcement while maintaining strict confidentiality standards.
  • Initiate a comprehensive approach to the relationship between law enforcement and Project Safe to ensure the best outcome for survivors.
  • Consult with stakeholders in Community Accountable Protocol meetings to provide domestic violence insight and identify potential lethality factors.


     Knowledge and experience

  • Minimum 2 years of working with survivors of domestic violence or other victim-related work.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relations with a diversity of individuals, organizations, and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time, evaluate progress, and adjust activities to complete work within established time frames.
  • Critical Thinking – use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Knowledge of the impact of domestic violence on children and older people; LGBTQ individuals; and people with disabilities.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills both written and oral – talking and writing effectively in order to convey information appropriately to the needs of the target audience.
  • Understanding of and willingness to learn advocacy-based analysis of both the uses and limitations of research on domestic violence.

     Other requirements

  • Participate in agency staff meetings and other team meetings as needed to contribute to positive and empowering work culture.
  • Commitment to ongoing research and education to ensure survivors received the most comprehensive services.
  • Adhere to agency policies and work rules, including strict confidentiality and a code of ethics.
  • Participate in Project Safe’s On-call rotation.
  • Consent to Criminal Background Check.
  • Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.
  • Complete other duties as needed to support all areas of Project Safe’s mission and vision for the organization.