Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Services, Counseling or Social Work. Must be a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or eligible to apply.
Duties/Responsibilities: The Victim’s Advocacy Specialist’s primary responsibility is that of working with a participant who is a victim of rape, sexual abuse, prison rape elimination act, human trafficking, intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, and/or childhood abuse. This includes advocating for the participant, emergency legal assistance and support, education of rights, assisting with safety planning, referring to appropriate helping agencies, referrals to appropriate treatment sources. Victim’s Advocacy Specialist will coordinate relationships among other human services agencies, consult with courts, the Department for Community-Based Services (DCBS), domestic violence shelters, law enforcement, and the public in general. All other duties as outlined in current job description.
Skills/Knowledge: Must become competent in the skill and knowledge base that makes up the core functions required by the CADC process in Kentucky. A working knowledge of the Twelve Step recovery process is required. Must be competent in the skills and knowledge of rape, sexual abuse, prison rape elimination act, domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, human trafficking and childhood abuse. This person must have knowledge of the cycle of violence, the various types of violence, the effects of violence on victims and children, and current legal issues surrounding violence. Staff must know how to effectively develop personal safety plans and utilize community resources.