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Bilingual Domestic Violence Advocate: This is a full-time, non-exempt position responsible for assisting victims of domestic violence within the Hispanic population. Duties include providing advocacy, counseling, crisis intervention, information/referrals and related services. Position is supervised by the Director of Legal Advocacy.


Qualifications: Bilingual Spanish/ English is a must.   BA/BS in psychology, sociology, social work, or closely related field plus 2 years of related experience required. Excellent oral and written communication skills, counseling/advocacy training and experience, ability to work with diverse populations, flexibility, and ability to handle stressful situations and use good judgment, also required. Local travel necessary, reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance also required.


Typical Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Assist and complete Order of Protection (OP) paperwork for the petitioner.

  • Translate for domestic violence survivors in capacity needed for services.    

  • Work with law enforcement to contact survivors of domestic violence to offer assistance and services.

  • Follow up with survivors to provide emotional support and assistance navigating the judicial system.

  • Advocate for survivors within the legal system, law enforcement and other agencies as needed.

  • Assist in designing and implementing safety plans.

  • Provide information to survivors about the OP process and services available to them.

  • Initiate and maintain a collaborative relationship with law enforcement personnel, and Assistant States Attorney, and other Victim Service Agencies.

  • Provide referrals to domestic violence programs for shelter and other support services and referrals to appropriate agencies for collaborative services.

  • Participate in regular meetings with local organizations to provide ongoing feedback, problem-solving and collaboration.

  • Provide information and assistance regarding immigration options for survivors of domestic violence.

  • Submit all documentation, statistical, narrative and measurable outcome reports as required by grants and agency and meet identified deadlines.

  • Stay current with relevant laws, issues that may affect victims of domestic violence.

  • Meet identified program goals, and submit detailed information to the Director of Legal Advocacy monthly.

  • Provide community presentations to local organizations, schools and/or churches that cater to the Hispanic population.


General and Related Responsibilities:

Assist with agency operations.

Assist with fundraising, outreach and community awareness activities.

Participate in staff meetings and trainings.

Attend Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence meetings/trainings.

Represent the Center at related community events, meetings and trainings.

Perform related duties as assigned.


All employment is at will and no employment contract shall be construed from any action, document or statement of the employer.

To apply please send application and cover letter to or fax to 618-235-9521

Rev. 6/19

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