Senior SAFEPLAN Advocate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $35,000
Maximum: $40,000
Details: Salary: $35,000 - $40,000/year commensurate with experience;




United States


Healing Abuse Working for Change

Job Description

Position Title: HAWC Senior SAFEPLAN Advocate

Department: HAWC Legal Services

Reports to: Legal Services Manager

Effective Date: 07/01/18

Position Summary

This full-time position provides crisis intervention, advocacy and referral services to victims of domestic

violence. The Senior SAFEPLAN Advocate will be based in the Salem District Court but will also work in

the Essex County Probate Court in Salem and Lynn District Court providing assistance to victims seeking

restraining orders and harassment prevention orders. This position supervises Safeplan advocate(s) and a

team of Safeplan volunteers in three courts. The position reports to the HAWC Legal Services Manager.

The SAFEPLAN Program SAFEPLAN is a court-based civil advocacy program created by Massachusetts

Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) in 1995. SAFEPLAN is a partnership between MOVA and

community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs. SAFEPLAN Advocates are housed in

district and probate and family courts throughout the Commonwealth, and work in collaboration with court

personnel, district attorneys’ offices, and other allied criminal justice and social service agencies. Together,

they provide a system of advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking considering

a 209A restraining order or a 258E harassment prevention order. SAFEPLAN Advocates are available in

one of the three SAFEPLAN courts HAWC serves during the court’s open hours.

Position Experience

● Commitment/experience working with victims of domestic violence

● Knowledge of domestic violence and crisis intervention

● Knowledge of the judicial system and abuse prevention order process

● Bilingual/Bicultural preferred

● Successful completion of training and/or demonstrated competency in personnel management

● Strong interpersonal, verbal and written skills

● Ability to work independently and as part of a team

● A minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a SAFEPLAN Advocate – preferred

● Completion of HAWC’s pre-service training in compliance with M.G.L. 233 s.20(k)

● Complete additional legal advocacy training and MOVA SAFEPLAN Certification

Position Details

Program Supervision/Leadership:

● Supervise HAWC SAFEPLAN Advocate(s) and SAFEPLAN volunteers by performing on-site visits

● Manage the schedule of SAFEPLAN volunteers in 2 district courts and one family court

● Schedule volunteers for court coverage and other agency activities as appropriate

● Arrange court shadow shifts for new advocates, as well as other training opportunities

● Respond to concerns raised by other HAWC advocates about the SAFEPLAN Program

● Communicate regularly with SAFEPLAN Advocates providing support and information

Assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who come to court seeking protective

orders through:

● Crisis assessment and intervention services

● Information on legal options and the process to obtain a protective order

● Assistance in completing protective order application forms

● Creation of a comprehensive, individual safety plan with each SAFEPLAN client, whether or not the

client chooses to pursue the protective order

● Referrals and connection to appropriate follow-up services and resources deemed appropriate for each

individual client, or by client request including, but not limited to other services provided by HAWC

such as counseling, group support, legal services; or other programs outside of HAWC; or District

Attorney Victim Witness Advocates

● Discussion of the dynamics of abuse with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking;

● Accompaniment and advocacy in court during civil proceedings;

● Availability to assist victims, in accordance with the court coverage agreement

Advocate safety is paramount. Advocates are not required to stand with anyone with whom they feel unsafe.

If an advocate does not wish to stand with someone, they can offer him/ her general information about the

209A process and give him/her a referral to the HAWC hotline.

Additional roles and responsibilities to enhance service delivery to victims:

● Development and advancement of professional and collaborative working relationships including, but

not limited to, clerks, judges, attorneys, prosecutors, security officers, and victim witness advocates

● Adherence to HAWC guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality

● Attendance at regular supervision with the HAWC manager of legal services regarding specific cases,

day-to-day activities, performance evaluations, or case related guidance and overall quality of work


● Attendance at MOVA quarterly regional meetings and continuing education sessions to discuss

systemic advocacy issues and to receive ongoing training

● Knowledge of the SAFEPLAN Policies and Procedures Manual and job-related tasks within the

boundaries set forth by the manual

● Complete statistical data forms for every client contact

● Assist Legal Services Manager in compiling performance reports required by MOVA

● Performance of other SAFEPLAN-related tasks, duties and assignments as requested by HAWC and


● Able to flex hours to meet position responsibilities


Competitive benefits; AA/EO employer

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send cover letter and resume