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Partners Against Violence (formerly San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors throughout San Bernardino County and East Riverside County. Established in 1975, Partners Against Violence now serves more than 4,500 Survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones annually through our community‐based offices.

Persons of color and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply. Partners Against Violence is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its procedures and policies.

Medical-Legal Crisis Reponse Advocate

Program:

Sexual Assault Survivor Services

 

Location(s):

Eastern Region - Morongo Basin

Salary:

$37-40K

Date Posted:

Feb. 22, 2022

The Medical/Legal Crisis Response Advocate is responsible for providing medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. This position is responsible for providing legal advocacy to victims/survivors of sexual assault, including but not limited to accompaniment for survivors to police stations, throughout the court process, and to obtain an Order of Protection; assistance with filing for victims of crime compensation and referrals for other services; discussing alternatives to the criminal justice system and/or providing referrals for any work-related issues. The legal advocate liaisons with uniform police officers, sex crimes detectives and the District Attorney’s Office.

 

In addition, the Medical/Legal Crisis Response Advocate provides crisis intervention, emotional support, and appropriate referrals/linkages to sexual assault victims/survivors and their significant others through the emergency department of partner hospitals, telephone crisis calls, and walk-in requests. As requested, this position will also assist Survivors in navigating medical follow up needs such as reproductive options, STI/HIV follow up testing and medical billing reimbursement. This position is part of the on-call staff rotation providing 24- hour crisis response to affiliated hospitals.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide in‐person support, crisis intervention and information and referrals to survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. 

  • Provide immediate crisis intervention, emotional support, accompaniment and medical/legal advocacy to sexual assault survivors seen in the emergency department of partner hospitals and a local law enforcement. 

  • Provide ongoing legal advocacy for sexual assault survivors including: explanation of the legal process; accompaniment to the police station, District Attorney’s office, through the court system; and information about non‐criminal justice options. 

  • Carry a caseload of active legal clients and keep these clients regularly apprised of their case status. 

  • Provide ongoing medical advocacy services, as needed (e.g., billing problems, STD and pregnancy testing, HIV testing and treatment, substance abuse programs, etc.). 

  • Carry a caseload of active medical advocacy clients and keep these clients regularly apprised of their medical follow up appointments and billing status.

  • Provide on‐call coverage for assigned and rotating shifts as part of the 24‐hour crisis response. This involves evenings and some weekends. 

  • Provide support and information to family members and significant others within the bounds of the confidentiality per the CA Evidentiary Code. 

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all services delivered and adhere to agency and departmental documentation submission requirements. 

  • Attend all staff/supervision/case consultation meetings, attend advocacy in‐services, and participate in staff development activities. 

  • Participate in meetings/trainings for local and statewide sexual assault coalitions, institutional partners, and other agencies, as assigned. 

  • Complete monthly reports and documentation, including assisting the Regional Director of Programs with statistical reporting. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
  • BA/BS or equivalent in a related field. 

  • Bilingual (Written and verbal fluency) in Spanish/English strongly preferred; Bicultural strongly preferred 

  • Ability to objectively advocate for the needs/rights of others 

  • Positive attitude and proactive approach to problem solving a must. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Exceptional organizational, documentation and data tracking skills 

  • Previous experience providing advocacy services to crime victims is strongly preferred. 

  • Previous experience working on women’s and/or human rights issues, addressing sexual violence/gender‐based violence, and working with diverse populations including LGBTQ communities strongly preferred.

  • Ability to respond in a timely manner to SBSAS Partner hospitals, Redlands Community Hospital and Eisenhower Medical Center. 

  • Completion of a 52-hour Crisis Response Training within 30 days of hire is required; previous completion of the training is very strongly preferred.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to employment@partnersav.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Persons of color and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply. Partners Against Violence is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its procedures and policies.

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