Live Without Fear

First Response Court Advocate

Join HAVEN’s team of professionals whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment and prevention services across Oakland County, Michigan and surrounding communities.

Under the guidance of the Director of Social Action, 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. Support includes emotional understanding and assistance, education of the court processes and what to expect and offering of needed resources to the survivor. The First Response Court Advocate will be present during the forensic exam, complete required documents, needs assessment and safety plan. Provide needed information to the survivor about abuse, assault, investigation, prosecution and legal processes. Follow-up and maintain support through the process as needed beyond the initial stages of the proceedings.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Service or related field or equivalent experience; Crisis counseling experience; Knowledge on the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault from an empowerment philosophy; Knowledge of the criminal justice system preferred; Ability to be diplomatically assertive and nonjudgmental with others; Must be able to respond and travel within 45 minutes to pages from Oakland County police departments and hospitals during assigned on-call periods including evenings, weekends and holidays; Reliable transportation required; Must possess and maintain valid Michigan driver’s license; Bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply.


  • Guide DV / SA survivors providing direct service and support.
  • Respond to pages / calls from Oakland county police departments and medical facilities in a timely and professional manner.
  • Schedule survivor’s medical forensic examinations.
  • Greet survivor and family/support team upon arrival at HAVEN’s start program and court.
  • 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 expert witness testimony as requested.
  • Provide information about criminal court processes, evidence gathering, reporting, crime victim rights.
  • Accompany victims at criminal proceedings, PPO hearings or police departments. li>
  • Provide expert witness testimony as requested.
  • Maintain accurate records regarding client case files.
  • Establish and maintain community, civil and criminal justice contacts to expand referrals and promote needed system change. li>
  • Participate in community task force groups focusing on youth, as appropriate.

  • HOURS:
    Full-Time, flexible schedule requiring some weekends and holidays

    Commensurate with experience, on-call pay, competitive benefits package

    Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to: hr@haven-oakland.org


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