DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office
Victim Witness Advocate
Provides assistance to victims of misdemeanor crimes; contacts victim by phone, letter or field visits; completes intake forms; determines and evaluates victim experiences and needs; makes referrals and recommendations regarding counseling, safety needs and concerns, housing, food and other needs; explains and provides information and assistance regarding criminal justice processes, what to expect in their particular cases, victim’s rights, victim notification of custody status changes and case information, temporary protective orders, bond conditions, compensation and restitution programs and individualized safety plans; remains in contact with the victim throughout their case and provides updates and support; and provides crisis intervention as needed.
Evaluates cases and offers appropriate recommendations; reviews police reports, 911 calls, pictures, medical records, criminal histories, etc.; gathers additional information as needed; compiles and submits data on high risk defendants to appropriate law enforcement and judicial agencies; assesses cases and make recommendations to prosecutors and investigators regarding case dispositions, victim’s desires, defendant’s criminal history, lethality factors, etc.; and refers cases as required by law to Department of Family and Children Services and Adult Protective Services.
Assists as a liaison between the prosecution teams and the victims; schedules and attends field visits to interview victims with prosecutors and investigators; collaborates with prosecutors to ensure the victims voices are heard throughout the pendency of the case; relays victim information and requests to the prosecutors; assists prosecutors and investigators with necessary follow-up questions; communicates with the District Attorney’s Office on cases pending which involve the same parties; assists with addressing and transportation or safety issues; assists with preparing the victims to face and testify against their abuser in court; and advises prosecutors of any violations of bond, Temporary Protective Orders or potential escalation of danger to the victim.
Preferred Qualifications: Associate’s Degree in Social Work or related field required; two years of experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, social justice, or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
Salary: $40,000 – $44,000