General Position Description:
Supportive Advocacy Interns work alongside Advocates to assist survivors of domestic violence.
Interns primarily assist SAFE clients by:
- Providing resources and facilitating access to social services; and
- Guiding clients through the civil and criminal justice process.
The primary objective of a Supportive Advocacy Intern is to support victims and survivors of domestic violence as they take steps to become self-sufficient, while also learning about the civil and criminal justice system in Washington, DC. In addition to providing services, interns strive to improve survivors’ safety and well-being through systems advocacy. This is a great experience for folks who are either in or considering going into social work, law, or criminal justice.
Supportive Advocacy Intern Responsibilities:
- Complete 40 hours of Domestic Violence Core Competency Training in order to obtain Advocate Privilege in the District of Columbia (provided by DC SAFE)
- Diligently maintain client records and SAFE databases;
- Perform additional duties as needed and when so directed.
Responsibilities while in DVICs:
- Assist DC SAFE clients in drafting petitions, motions and other legal documents related to Civil Protection Orders (CPO’s) and Temporary Protection Orders (TPO’s);
- Accompany clients to Court, and answer questions as they arise throughout the Protection Order process;
- Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support for victims and survivors in the Domestic Violence Intake Centers in Northwest and Southeast DC;
- Provide information, referrals, letters of recommendation and broad-based advocacy for victims to facilitate their access to social service programs;
- Facilitate clients’ access to emergency housing, food, and transportation services and assist clients in applying for Crime Victims’ Compensation;
- General and legal service agencies for direct legal representation;
- Completing follow-up for clients who have visited the Domestic Violence Intake Center.
Responsibilities while in Court:
- Following up with clients 24 hours before CPO date
- Accompany clients to Court and answer questions as they arise throughout the Protection Order Process
- Provide any additional support or referrals for clients
Requirements for the Internship:
- Currently enrolled in an accredited college or graduate program with an academic concentration in women’s studies, social work, legal studies/law, criminal justice, or social justice;
- Demonstrated interest in women’s rights, victim empowerment, public interest law or community service.
- Ability to complete mandatory 40-hour training program.
- Fluency in Spanish or Amharic is a plus.
- Internship hours are completed Monday-Friday during normal court hours (8:30am-4:30pm)
- Dedication and attention to detail are extremely important.
How to Apply
Please send (1) a cover letter and (2) a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC SAFE is currently not accepting applications for internships.