Court Advocate - Domestic Violence Services

Date Posted:July 23, 2019
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Court Advocate - Domestic Violence Services


YWCA Central Alabama is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We work every day to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community.

The YWCA is seeking a Court Advocate to provide direct services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, seeking relief through the justice system and promote community outreach and engagement.

Essential Functions

  1. ​Provide advocacy services directly to victims of domestic violence in the judicial system.
  2. Provide support; resources; court accompaniment; assistance with Protection from Abuse orders and legal referrals to victims.
  3. Responsible for processing Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders. (Jefferson County Family Court Advocate)
  4. Maintain proper documentation of the services to clients.
  5. Maintain statistical information as required by the YWCA Court Advocacy Program.
  6. Regularly attend municipal, district, and family courts as assigned.
  7. Provide advocacy and education through public speaking engagements, personal contacts, law enforcement and judicial training, etc.
  8. Represent the program at meetings and in-service, as requested; participate in personal and professional development opportunities.
  9. Assist in helping victims navigate the criminal justice process; legal rights and protection.
  10. Attend relevant training, workshops and seminars.
  11. Maintain follow-up communications with clients as needed.
  12. Adhere to the policies of the YWCA.
  13. Perform all other duties deemed necessary for the smooth operation of the program and the agency, as directed.

Critical Competencies:

  1. Knowledge.
  2. Empathy.
  3. Case Management.
  4. Effective Communication.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, social work, counseling or related field.
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct services to victims and survivors of domestic violence or abuse. Experience and education may be substituted.
  3. Computer skills in word processing and a willingness to adapt to new software as may be needed.
  4. Valid driver’s license and insurance.

Qualified applicants please send cover letter and resume to Caroline Pernell at