Live Without Fear

HAVEN’s Mission:

Empower survivors to heal, and engage all individuals and communities to address and prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Position Summary:

The First Response Court Advocate involves a dual role: 1) Provides education on legal options, civil and criminal court processes and supportive accompaniment. 2) Provides 24/7 crisis response for survivors at Oakland County hospitals, police departments and HAVEN medical forensic sites on a rotating basis. Under the guidance of the Director of Social Action, this advocacy position focuses on both criminal and civil court proceedings including personal protection orders, divorce and custody cases when they involve the health or safety of IPV/ SA survivors. Survivor support includes crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional understanding and assistance, education of the court processes and what to expect and offering of needed resources to both the survivor and the family. The First Response Court Advocate will be present during the forensic exam, complete required documents, needs assessment and safety plans. Provides needed information to the survivor about abuse, assault, investigation, prosecution and legal processes. Follows-up and maintains support through the process as needed beyond the initial stages of the proceedings.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Service area or equivalent experience. Experience in working with IPV / SA survivors; understanding of sexual abuse dynamics and the effects on survivors and their families; understanding of emotional and safety needs of survivors; familiarity with intimate partner violence dynamics; knowledge of the civil and criminal justice system preferred; knowledge of community resources; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills. Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships. Ability to work with people of various socio-economic, cultural, racial backgrounds and sexual orientations. Ability to maintain strength and composure regardless of survivor’s circumstances and situation. Personal inner strength to call on and demonstrate during each case. Must possess and maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record as established by HAVEN policy. This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays and on call.


Provide services to survivors that are culturally relevant and that account for intersecting identities
Provide trauma informed empowerment based services for survivors of IPV/SA
Assist survivors of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault as they move through the legal process
Fulfill the 24-hour on-call schedule responsibilities
Maintain working knowledge of local, state and federal laws affecting IPV/SA survivors
Advocate with systems personnel to create and enhance trauma informed services
Record advocacy efforts focused on trauma informed practices
Educate survivors on survivor’s rights and available survivor compensation
Increase awareness and educate systems personnel on issues
Work to achieve a coordinated community response in Oakland County
Work in partnership with START staff to ensure survivor centered services
Stay updated on secondary issues that affect survivors such as immigration, sex trafficking, culturally appropriate interventions
Maintain professional development areas of diversity, marginalized and underserved populations
Work collectively with other HAVEN programs to implement strategies and create solidarity
Establish and maintain community, civil and criminal justice contacts to expand referrals
Stay up-to-date on the latest research, data, and best practices for populations served
Provide high quality customer service and assistance to survivors in obtaining PPOs at Oakland County Clerk’s office
Provide survivor referrals for community resources
Must possess and maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record as established by HAVEN policy
This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays and on call

Hours: 40 Hours per week plus on-call overnight and weekend hours

Benefits: HAVEN offers a generous benefit package for full-time employees including:

Health Care
401K with employer match
Vacation and holiday pay
and more

Salary : Competitive non-profit compensation

HAVEN is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other marginalized identities. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@haven-oakland.org

Job Type: Full-time

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