Victim Advocate, AFMRA
Company: Magellan Health
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Provides Air Force (AF) personnel, their family members, or
intimate partners who are victims of domestic abuse nonclinical
emergent and urgent service through safety assessments and safety
planning services. The Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVAs)
promotes a coordinated community response to allegations of
domestic abuse via providing a range of support and education
services to victims during duty hours, as well as on-call emergency
services after duty hours. This position provides comprehensive
services 24 hours a day/7 days per week to assist and advocate for
victims of domestic abuse and to ensure victims are connected with
the appropriate resources to ensure their safety. The DAVA does not
provide clinical treatment services.
- Responds to calls IAW established protocols, maintains a record
of calls, and provides the Family Advocacy Officer or designee a
situational report the following duty day.
- Partners with the Family Advocacy case manager, or mental
health on-call provider if the treatment/case manager is
unavailable, to establish current and effective safety plans. The
victim's safety is the DAVA's top responsibility and priority. The
DAVA shall review the Victim's Safety Plan during each victim
contact. Establishes a Victim's Safety Plan on a case-by-case
- Develops safety plans based on initial and ongoing risk
assessments. If imminent risk of serious harm or death is
established, notify the FAO, law enforcement, and Command.
- Includes children, if involved, in the process - and evaluates
physical safety and emotional well-being; refer involved children
to the treatment/case manager for follow-on care.
- Immediately reports any changes in the victim's circumstances
that changes or impacts the safety plan to the FAP treatment/case
manager or mental health on-call provider if the treatment/case
manager is unavailable.
- Determines victim's -imminent risk of serious harm or death,
risk factors will be assessed per the detailed job
- Provides safety assessments and safety planning for
comprehensive services to include emotional support, arrangement of
transportation; accompany victims to medical, legal and/or law
enforcement appointments, assist in securing protective orders,
emergency food and/or shelter and information benefits.
- Works directly with victims to ensure that expressed needs are
advocated and presented to personnel at intervening agencies.
- Assesses imminent risks for health and/ or safety of the victim
and make referrals as appropriate.
- Assists victims with navigating the system to obtain the
services desired and refer victims to the appropriate services for
- Ensures victims of domestic abuse receive sensitive,
confidential with the exception of state, federal, and military
reporting requirements and immediate comprehensive care and
treatment needed to restore health and well-being.
- Assists victims in developing safety plans, conduct a risk
assessment, and provide emotional support, prevention awareness and
education to victims.
- Provides information on victim services and resources available
on and/or off the installation.
- Explains reporting options during the initial contact whenever
possible to ensure that the victim makes informed decisions about
whom to disclose information regarding the abuse.
- Ensures that first responders, (Emergency Medical Services and
or law enforcement etc.) when appropriate, are contacted
immediately during emergencies and in situations where there is
imminent harm to the victim or others.
- Partners with the FAP treatment/case manager to support the
victim and promote safety for the victim and children in the home.
Briefs the treatment/case manager prior to the Clinical Case
Staffing (CCS) so that the CCS team has the most current
information on the victim and children for staffing.
- Supports the Family Advocacy Outreach Manager (FAOM) in
developing System Advocacy, Education and Public Awareness, and
promoting a coordinated community response to domestic abuse.
- Operates within established guidelines.
- Other duties as assigned.Other Job Requirements
ResponsibilitiesA Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
in any of the following disciplines: Social Work; Psychology;
Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling; Counseling or Behavioral
Science; Criminal Justice, or related field.Two years of experience
assisting and providing advocacy services to victims of domestic
abuse or sexual assault.Upon hire, or within six-months of hiring,
must obtain the Basic Advocate credential with designation of
Comprehensive Intervention Specialist as approved and offered by
the National Advocate Credentialing Program, which is overseen by
the National Organization for Victims Assistance.Before starting
work, all FAP and DAVA personnel working with Military Treatment
Facilities shall provide proof of immunization from the following
diseases according to CDC guidelines: Hepatitis B, measles, mumps,
rubella, varicella, and influenza, and proof of a negative TB skin
test (completed within the past 12 months (if positive, proof of
negative chest X-ray within the past 12 months).At a minimum, all
FAP and DAVA personnel working within a Military Treatment Facility
must maintain current certification in either the American Heart
Association Basic Life Support Course (BLS) (Course C) or the
American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/BLS (Heart
Saver) Course.Shall be able to obtain and maintain a National
Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) Tier 1 Clearance. ---Proficient
in the use of Microsoft Office - Suite and have the ability to
input, retrieve, and format documentation via various
database/software.DAVAs shall have knowledge of military programs,
organizations, chain of command, unit missions, life styles, and
situations that contribute to family stress, problems and crisis
situations.Possess the ability to work effectively with individuals
and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic
backgrounds.Ability to work cooperatively with military and
civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal
personnel on behalf of victims.Must possess and maintain a valid,
unrestricted motor vehicle license.Must possess transportation to
transport victim in crisis (non-emergent) situations as a last
resort.Must be able to provide on-call 24 hours/7 days per week
victim advocacy services.Must be able to operate general office
equipment including but not limited to: computer, phones and
related media and information devices on most or all
workdays.Ability to communicate and interact with others, both in
person and/or by telephone to conduct business.Ability to work
under time pressure. and -rapidly for long periods to meet
deadlines.General Job Information TitleVictim Advocate, AFMRA
GradeWDN_AFMRA_DAVA Work Experience - RequiredVictim Advocacy Work
Experience - Preferred Education - RequiredBachelors - Behavioral
Health Education - PreferredLicense and Certifications -
RequiredLicense and Certifications - Preferred Magellan Health,
Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a
Tobacco-free workplace. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled.Every employee must
understand, comply with and attest to the security responsibilities
and security controls unique to their position; and comply with all
applicable legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements and
internal policies and procedures.
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