Live Without Fear

First Response Court Advocate

Join HAVEN's team of professionals whose mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County.

Position Summary:

This position requires the ability to work full-time plus on-call overnight and weekend hours.

The First Response Court Advocate will guide domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their families through the medical forensic exam and court proceedings serving as the primary resource of support. 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 Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault (DV/ SA) victims. Survivor support includes: emotional understanding and assistance; education of the court processes and what to expect; and offering of needed resources to both survivor and 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.



  • Assist victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault as they move through the legal process
  • Provide in-person crisis intervention and emotional support at first contact and throughout the process
  • Assess victim safety and assist with individualized safety planning
  • Provide information about civil and criminal court processes, evidence gathering, reporting, crime victim rights and the PPO process
  • Evaluate survivor’s needs and provide appropriate support, information and referrals
  • Accompany victims at civil and criminal proceedings, PPO hearings or police departments
  • Maintain accurate records regarding client case files; track cases until they are finally adjudicated and/or closed to services
  • 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
  • Fulfill the 24-hour on-call schedule responsibilities
  • Maintain working knowledge of local, state and federal laws affecting DV/SA survivor
  • Advocate with systems personnel to create and enhance trauma informed services
  • Record advocacy efforts focused on trauma informed practices
  • Educate victims on victim’s rights and available victim compensation
  • Increase awareness and educate systems personnel on issues
  • Work to achieve a coordinated community response in Oakland County
  • Work in partnership with forensic nursing staff to ensure victim centered services
  • Stay updated on secondary issues that affect victims 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
  • Respond to pages / calls from Oakland county police departments and medical facilities within one hour
  • Schedule survivor’s medical forensic examinations
  • Greet survivor and family/support team upon arrival at HAVEN’s START program and court
  • Provide victim referrals for community resources
  • Follow proper procedures for case files, case openings, closings, transfers, reopening



  • Bachelor degree in Human Service area or equivalent experience
  • Experience in working with DV / SA survivors and familiarity with domestic violence dynamics
  • Understanding of sexual abuse dynamics and the effects on survivors and their families
  • Understanding of emotional and safety needs of victims
  • 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, multi-cultural, multi-racial backgrounds and sexual orientations.
  • Ability to maintain strength and composure regardless of victim’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


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
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 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.


Send cover letter, resume and compensation requirements to: hr@haven-oakland.org.  Please include "HAVEN and the position title" in the subject line.

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