Deliver a system of support to crime victims through notification and information about the criminal justice process and referrals to appropriate District Attorney areas and other social services agencies.
Posting may close at any time.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as first contact for all victims in need of DA assistance at the One Safe Place location. Maintains contact with victims through the initial evaluation until the appropriate unit is identified. Keeps victims informed of the status of their cases. Assists with preliminary interviews, providing information about court proceedings and facilities. Provides support by allowing victims to express their frustrations, anger, guilt or fear and responding appropriately to their feelings. Assists victims in achieving, to a practicable extent, all benefits set forth in the Rights of Crime Victims, statute Chapter 56, C. C. P., and other applicable law specified for their situation. Maintains information on the Victim Impact Statements and Crime Victim Compensation Applications. Assists victims with submission of paperwork and places required information in prosecutor file as appropriate Assists attorneys and investigators in interviewing victims and witnesses and coordinating appointments and trial appearances. Provides assistance to victims and witnesses. Provides referrals to victims about services available, provides information pertaining to “No Drop Policy,” and advocates on behalf of the crime victim. Assists prosecutors with victims of violent crimes. Provides follow-up on special requests from victims. Networks with community service providers who deal with the needs of crime victims. Maintains statistical data on number of victims served, referrals and other necessary statistics. Accompanies crime victims or victim families to docket setting or jury trials, and Protective Order hearings and provides them with an orientation of criminal justice system. Maintains communication with other victim service providers and social service providers to ensure consistent and seamless provision of services. Provides educational programs within the Spanish speaking community and witness and other identified victim assistance issues and criminal justice issues in general. Assists Protective Order Unit with any necessary reports or recordkeeping. Performs all other related duties as assigned.
TO APPLY , must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or a closely related field + two (2) full-time years of work experience working with victims in social services field, family law, constituent services or related experience.
TO APPLY , must have an Associate's degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or a closely related field + four (4) full-time years of work experience working with victims in social services field, family law, constituent services or related experience.
TO APPLY , must have a High School diploma or GED + six (6) full-time years of work experience working with victims in social services field, family law, constituent services or related experience.
NOTE: YOU MUST FILL OUT THE WORK HISTORY and EDUCATION SECTIONS OF APPLICATION TO SHOW YOU HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION AS REQUIRED BY HIRING DEPARTMENT OR BE DISQUALIFIED.
Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred.
Minimum of Experience in the criminal justice field preferred.
Must have knowledge of the criminal justice system processes.
Must be able to empathize with victims and families and effectively and efficiently serve victims and families within the context of the criminal justice setting.
Must be able to handle a high stress environment, maintaining effective personal and emotional coping skills. Must have high ethical standards.
Must be able to make independent and sound decisions based on individual situations following the policies established by the District Attorney’s Office.
Proficient writing, computer and communication skills. Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.
If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment
at New Hire processing.
Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements:
While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, push and pull.