medical/legal advocate

sexual assault victims care unit

We are seeking a positive, enthusiastic, multitasker to join our team. The ideal candidate is ambitious and has a passion for helping others. The Medical/Legal Advocate provides support and resources to victims of sexual assault while advocating to end sexual assault and abuse within our community. Under the supervision of the Director of the Sexual Assault, the Medical/Legal Advocate will work independently, resolve problems on the basis of past precedent; exercise judgment in interpreting guidelines; and ensure deadlines are met. The Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit is an Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) member Rape Crisis Center serving Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, and Randolph Counties.

 

 

DUTIES

  • Provide crisis intervention to sexual assault victims and their significant others

  • Explain and clarify the workings and processes of the criminal justice system

  • Provide legal advocacy for victims and significant others

  • Support the victim before and after completing the police report of the incident

  • Be present at the trial to lend support to the victims and their families

  • Assist the victim and family in preparing the Victim Assistance Form and following through with the application

  • Assist the victim in preparing a Victim Impact Statement

  • Provide medical advocacy

  • Be present at the hospital while medical procedures, such as the evidence collection kit, is being performed to explain each part of the process to the victim as well as to provide emotional support

  • Establish and maintain networking agreements with all local law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, and appropriate criminal justice offices

  • Provide public education presentations and training in the community

  • Attend ICASA meetings and training as required

  • Visit each law enforcement agency and medical facility at least two times a year to maintain a positive working relationship

  • Maintain and abide by the policies and procedures of the Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit and the agency

  • Report all findings of abuse/neglect to the immediate supervisor as a mandated reporter and make required reports per ANCRA

  • Provide rotational on-call crisis advocacy services as necessary

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be available two to three weekends a month from Friday at 4:30 PM until Monday morning at 8:30 AM

  • Must be available at minimum 5 holidays a year

  • Possess the ability to maintain client confidentiality

  • Must be able to work with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License and auto insurance

  • Clean criminal history and background

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • As a new hire, crisis workers will complete 40 hours of sexual assault training approved by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

AGENCY

Call for Help, Inc. helps people overcome a variety of personal crises, ranging from sexual assault and poverty to homelessness and mental illness. We change lives by giving people skills and support that empower them to overcome emotional and physical crisis.
 

To learn more about this position and other positions that we have available, please visit our website at www.callforhelpinc.org.