VALE Grant Special Victim Advocate

Civilian
El Paso County Sheriff's Office - Colorado.Springs, Colorado

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Salary Information

Entry Level:
$54,974.40 annual

Job Description

Assists robbery victims with short-term crisis intervention, information, and referrals.  Assists the special victims population such as victims of sexual assault crimes, crimes against children and the elderly, and at-risk adult/juvenile crimes with short-term crisis intervention, information, and referrals. Provides referrals and information for victim compensation, counseling, and community resources. Collaborates with other service providers to coordinate victim care. Provides assistance with the application process for temporary and permanent protection orders. Provides transportation in crisis situations. Informs victims of case status, victims' rights, and property return assistance. Ensures the rights and needs of the victims are addressed by department personnel. Attends victim/law enforcement groups on behalf of the Sheriff's Office. Assists with Victim Assistance Program daily operations. This position is subject to grant funding.

  • Assists victims on a 24-hour basis at crime scenes, hospitals, or wherever needed. Provides support, referrals, and information to victims including crime victims' rights and victim compensation information.
  • Contacts robbery victims to inform them of their victims' rights, assess any needs they may have, and provide an explanation of services available to them.
  • Contacts the special victims population to inform them of their rights as victims of sexual assault crimes, crimes against children and the elderly, and at-risk adult/juvenile crimes, assess any special needs they may have, provide an explanation of services available to them, and refer them to services that can assist them with their needs.
  • Communicates with victims on a follow-up basis to provide additional information, case status, and resource materials and referrals.
  • Assists victims with applying for temporary and permanent protection orders.
  • Transports victims or family members to the hospital, courthouse, safe housing, or other local community emergency services.
  • Supervises, transports, and cares for children of victims and witnesses to allow the victims and witnesses to participate in the criminal justice process.
  • Accompanies victims and witnesses to court for safety and support of victims.
  • Works closely with deputies and detectives to ensure victims' rights and needs are addressed.
  • Collaborates with other services providers to ensure safety and support of victims.
  • Attends victim/law enforcement groups and coalitions on behalf of the Sheriff's Office including the Advocacy Resource Team (ART), COC, and the 4th Judicial District Crime Victims' Rights Week Events Committee.
  • Prepares printed materials for distribution to robbery victims and special victims population.      
  • Assists victims with the timely return of property and items of evidence.
  • Responds with deputies, detectives, and/or deputy coroners to deliver death notification to next of kin. 
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent education required; Associate's degree or higher preferred.
  • One (1) year of case management or advocacy experience.
  • Previous experience in criminal justice or law enforcement preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish and English preferred,
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions with victims/witnesses in crisis.
  • Working knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Must possess the ability to maintain strict client confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of community and resource agencies.
  • Ability to work well with members of the community, law enforcement, court system, and personnel from other resource agencies.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements above.
  • Must pass a background investigation, truth verification examination, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.

Licenses/Certificates

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

Work Conditions

Work is performed under stressful conditions; travel is required. Work is performed indoors and outdoors at crime scenes. Exposure to unpleasant conditions at crime scenes. Potential exposure to deceased bodies, body fluids, unpleasant sights and sounds. On-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Call-out status. Schedule varies with some evening and weekend assignments.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: ++http://www.elpasoco.com++     For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).              

EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent education required; Associate's degree or higher preferred.
  • Experience: One (1) year of case management or advocacy experience.

Contact Informaton

Heather Hatfield

El Paso County Sheriff's Office
27 E. Vermijo
Colorado.Springs, Colorado 80918
phone: 719-520-7409

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