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Victim Advocate Assistant

The Cambridge Police Department Victim Advocate will work with the Cambridge Police officers and superiors as a member of law enforcement in reducing the level of secondary injury associated with the aftermath of crime and ensure that crime victims are provided all the entitlements mandated by the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights. The Assistant Victim Advocate is responsible for assisting the Victim Advocate in the operation of the Cambridge Police Department's Victim Assistance Program, which aids and supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Victim Advocate will also provide analysis, education, and community prevention efforts regarding both domestic and sexual violence in collaboration with area community based agencies.

DEPARTMENT: Police Department

CIVIL SERVICE: Non-Civil Service position

HOURS OF WORK: 30 hours (including Monday and Wednesday mornings; Friday afternoons/evening); temporary grant funded position through 12/31/18, may be extended subject to available funding


Specific Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provides crisis intervention, support, and service referrals to aid crime victims and their families.
Assists victims of crime in navigating through the criminal justice system.
Reviews incident reports daily to determine assistance eligibility; facilitate contact with victim/survivor to advise them of their options as well as their statutory rights.
Consults directly with crime victims to identify areas of need and assess safety risks; provides victims/survivors with referrals to other area resources.
Responds to hospitals, secured crime scenes, and other locations to assist victims with crisis needs and to provide emotional support; assess victim's safety and other needs, informing them of available resources and acting as a liaison in accessing those services.
Participates with CPD colleagues in risk assessment, safety planning, and crisis intervention for victims of domestic and sexual violence crimes. Advises crime prevention and community relations personnel of cases needing their attention.
Works closely with members of the Cambridge Police Department, community groups, and members of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
Understands discovery obligations, and is familiar with relevant criminal law and procedures.
Explains court procedures and accompanies victims to court when necessary to support them in the prosecution of the perpetrator, and/or to seek protection orders.
Processes confidential communications; sensitive reports, and enters information in data base.
Maintains and updates 209A restraining orders (both current and historical), 258E harassment prevention orders, and CPD "DV-Kits". Supports interns who assist with such maintenance.
Conducts correspondence, community outreach, and assists making victim/survivor contact.
Conducts and coordinates case management for the CPD Family Justice Unit.
Initiates and develops referral resources for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Attends victim interviews to provide support and relevant resource referrals as needed.
Provides assistance with the coordination of CAB HART, which includes attending monthly and emergency meetings and working with a variety of partners.
Works directly with high risk families and individuals providing outreach and facilitating services.
Participates with CPD colleagues in risk assessment, safety planning, and crisis intervention.
Provides assistance with the coordination of the Cambridge Sexual Assault Response Team (C-SART), which includes attending monthly meetings and working with a variety of partners.
Conducts outreach and collaborates with community groups; assists community groups in training programs related to domestic and sexual violence.
Gathers, maintains, and disseminates documents related to domestic and sexual violence.
Assists the Victim Advocate in trainings on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, to include assistance with the CPD Trauma Informed Law Enforcement Training Initiative.
Performs any other related duties as deemed necessary by CPD and Family Justice Unit.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Counseling, or equivalent professional experience in domestic violence or related social issues. Prior professional experience working with high risk populations such as victims of domestic violence preferred. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as being highly self-directed. Excellent communication skills both oral and written. Familiarity with computerized databases. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and sensitively across cultural, racial, age and other differences. Commitment to issues of diversity, cultural competency and antiracism. Knowledge of research in the field of domestic and gender-based violence prevention and intervention. Ability to develop and sustain community partnerships. Experience in or familiarity with public policy, the City of Cambridge and community relations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to access and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones, maintain multiple lines and be able to lift a minimum of 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to meeting sites. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment with fluorescent lighting, carpeted floors and air conditioning.

RATE: $25/hour

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept., Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resumes and letters of interest requested by 06/12/18. Position is considered open until filled.