Internships as a Volunteer Victim Advocate
Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program within the Domestic Violence Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. We are NOT currently recruiting volunteers.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Our internship program seeks highly motivated students who have an interest in providing legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. Site based training will be provided. Interns are needed in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
The Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) is part of the Domestic Violence Unit located in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. POAP assists survivors of domestic violence as they file civil orders for protection against abusive partners. We provide screening, technical assistance (including assistance drafting petitions and abuse narratives), safety planning, resource referral and court accompaniment. Our program serves approximately 5,000 survivors of domestic violence each year. Volunteer opportunities are available in both POAP locations at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle and the Malang Regional Justice Center located in Kent.Position Description:
POAP Advocate Interns/Volunteers will gain experience working directly with survivors of domestic violence as they file for civil orders for protection. Volunteers will provide direct support and legal advocacy to petitioners as they navigate the protection order process. Responsibilities to include: intake and interviews with petitioners; safety planning and crisis intervention; support and assistance in completing court forms; court accompaniment; assistance with court orders and processing; referrals to social service providers and civil legal aid partners; provisions of appropriate support and intervention. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to collection and maintenance of data.Qualifications:
- The candidate must be a strong communicator both orally and in writing.
- Considerable knowledge of the civil or criminal justice system and some limited experience in the field of domestic violence services preferred.
- Experience working effectively with persons in crisis and an interest in access to justice issues and preventing gender based violence.
- Demonstrated ability to work within and across systems and demonstrated ability to multi-task and problem solve with quick deadlines.
- Candidates that are seeking higher education degrees in Social Work, Human Services, Criminal Justice, or Law are preferred.
- Bilingual candidates, and candidates with experience service LGBT survivors are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Commitment to Equity and Social Justice work including ongoing cultural competence development.
Must be willing to commit to volunteer for at least 9 months or more with a minimum of 10 hours a week. If you are considering a short summer internship, must be willing to volunteer at least 14 hours a week.To Apply:
Contact Director of Victim Services Colleen McIngalls at firstname.lastname@example.org with most recent resume and cover letter expressing interest.