The Brooklyn Criminal Court program provides a safe reception center and various services to assist survivors and victims of crime navigate through the Criminal Court. The program provides counseling, crisis intervention, case management services, advocacy, information and referrals and practical assistance to survivors and victims of crime with an overall goal of promoting survivor safety and reducing the impact of victimization.
The Coordinator is responsible for providing holistic support services to victims of all crimes. This included counseling and crisis intervention to assess the needs of victims and to help with the development of safety plans to address immediate risks and concerns. This plan may include the provision of in-person or telephone counseling; emergency assistance such as money for transportation; assistance with an Office of Victim Services (OVS) application; providing information and referrals, and follow-up services; and providing assistance with obtaining an order of protection, restitution, and other criminal justice remedies. The Coordinator will advocate on the client’s behalf with public entitlement programs, schools, employers, civil legal attorneys, and other community-based organizations, and coordinate and collaborate with the OVS Vocational Rehabilitation Unit and the New York Civil Legal Network to ensure that victims are receiving a comprehensive response. The Coordinator will also assist clients with applying for a New York City Housing Authority emergency housing transfer as an intimidated victim or victim of domestic violence; provide assistance, information and support to clients around securing safe, appropriate housing through available subsidies; or access other available resources in the City that suit the individual’s needs to help maintain housing stability in their current residence. Additionally, the Coordinator will assist clients with direct services such as registering for Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) and SAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Network); making referrals for shelter stay; assisting with relocation; and referring for lock replacement.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provide case management services, counseling, and crisis intervention to victims and survivors of crime;
- Provide court orientation, criminal justice advocacy, accompaniment and support;
- Conduct client-centered safety assessments and prepare risk management plans;
- Coordinate and collaborate with the OVS Vocational Rehabilitation Unit and the New York Civil Legal Network to ensure that victims are receiving a comprehensive response;
- Assist in the determination of clients’ eligibility for government-financed housing programs;
- Identify, obtain, and assist documents needed for applications for housing;
- Identify and maintain resources of key individuals in various agencies (HRA, NYCHA, HPD) to facilitate permanent housing application process;
- Provide support to Safe Horizon staff on financial assistance, housing, and public benefits;
- Provide emergency practical assistance including transportation, food vouchers, financial assistance, emergency cell phones, and lock replacement;
- Provide information and referrals for services such as shelters, long-term counseling, public assistance and other entitlements, and assistance with OVS applications;
- Advocate on behalf of clients with the District Attorney’s office, family and criminal court personnel and judges, NYPD, NYCHA and other subsidized housing, employers, schools and other social service agencies;
- Participate in staff meetings, relevant trainings and workshops;
- Perform data entry into a computerized record keeping system; and
- Various other duties to be determine by supervisor
Knowledge and Skills:
- Sensitivity towards and understanding of victimization, especially the experience of survivors of domestic violence;
- Strong communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to work under pressure in a calm and reassuring manner.
- Ability to generate own tasks and develop creative solutions to problems.
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Experience working with survivors of domestic violence and other victims of crime;
- Experience with the criminal justice system;
- Bilingual in Spanish or other language preferred.
If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment
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