Serves as Victim Advocate for the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) to provide comprehensive assistance and liaison to and for victims of spouse/intimate partner abuse; and to educate personnel on the installation regarding the most effective responses to domestic violence on behalf of victims and at-risk family members. Screens victim of spouse abuse, evaluates their needs, and provides them with information about domestic violence, safe and confidential ways to seek assistance, their rights as Navy spouses, and the resources and services available to them. This involves maintaining current information on resources and services, and advising victims before disclosure of the limited confidentiality rule.
Coordinates with case manager in developing appropriate plan of assistance/intervention, which provides for the safety of the victim and their family members. Ensures that the clinical case manager is fully aware of victim’s situation at all times. When FAP case managers are not on duty, this may involve working with law enforcement and/or sponsoring command. This involves decisions affecting a wide range of problems and services, some difficult/complex.
Provides services for victims of spouse/intimate partner abuse and their families to include the following: crisis intervention; assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries; information on legal rights and resources available through both military and civilian programs; education, transportation; pre-trial, trial, and post-trial support; and follow-up. Assists in conducting support groups for Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse victims. Evaluates needs and establishes with the victim a detailed, individualized safety plan and reviews and revises the plan with the victim as necessary. Makes referrals to other helping agencies. Provides follow-up to all identified victims (to include those who have declined services) three months following initial contact to assess whether further services are needed or wanted.
Advocates for the expressed interests and safety of the victim when providing information to military and civilian courts; the Case Review Committee; and when accompanying victims to legal appointments and investigative interviews.
Provide advocacy services to non-offending parent or caregivers of identified victims of child abuse. This includes: safety planning, identifying support resources, working with civilian authorities and creating an environment that makes it easy for the non-offending parent or caregivers to support the child.
Reports all suspected child abuse or neglect cases and spouse abuse cases to proper state child protective service authorities in coordination with the Family Advocacy Representative (FAR) for investigation. Reports incidents to Military Police and NCIS as needed.
Maintains a cooperative working relationship with all action agencies to include: Social Work Service, Military Police, NCIS, and Unit Commanders. Serves as non-voting consultant on the Clinical Case Staff Meeting.
Maintains a notebook of contacts and referrals. Ensures that FAP case manager is aware of victim’s situation and makes written entries in the victim’s FAP case record system. The documentation will be labeled and identified as a “Victim Advocate note,” the content of which will be non-clinical in nature. Keeps track of types and number of services provided, to ensure no identifying client information is in writing. Ensures confidential handling of documents of conversations relative to victim care.
Provides input to FAP Manger in the establishment and implementation of local policies and directives pertaining to the Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program. Assists with measures designed to determine program effectiveness.
Assists the FAR in the conduct of specific activities of the Community FAP education program such as Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and Domestic Violence Prevention Month (October) and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February). Coordinates with local media to publicize information of FAP seminars, workshops and programs available to the community.
May conduct briefings on FAP polices, dynamics of spouse abuse, availability of treatment services, procedural requirements for handling both on and off installation domestic abuse cases, state laws and other pertinent information about family violence. Conducts education classes for Family Support Groups and the community on the prevention of domestic abuse. Researches and networks with civilian resources such as court appointed victim advocates, shelters and other civilian resources that provide services to victims of domestic violence and/parents of child abuse victims; provides education and training as needed to civilian providers of services on military resources and regulations to center staff on resources available to victims and victim issues within the community. Performs other duties as assigned