Domestic and Sexual Violence Counselor-Advocate

Independence House, Inc.
Job Description

Domestic & Sexual Violence Counselor/Advocate

31 Hours per week

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate will provide a range of confidential services to survivors of domestic & sexual violence, non-offending family members and friends..


  • Provide crisis intervention as needed to domestic & sexual violence survivors.
  • Provide individual counseling to survivors of domestic & sexual violence and their non-offending family members or friends.
  • Develop and co-facilitate support groups.\
  • Provide medical, legal and police accompaniment.
  • Provide client intakes as scheduled and as needed on an emergency basis including safe home intakes for all domestic & sexual violence clients.
  • Be available for the rotation of hotline coverage.
  • Provide appropriate referrals and linkage to referral sources.
  • Keep accurate documentation of all client services and collateral services, including maintenance of all client files and statistics.
  • Submit monthly and quarterly statistics in a timely manner.
  • Attend Independence House staff meetings.
  • Attend Independence House team meetings.
  • Attend community round tables and task forces as requested by manager.
  • Work within the agency’s philosophy, policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as required.
  • Outreach to Cape Community and schools as needed.

Bachelors or Masters Degree ((Preferred) in Counseling/Social Work or related discipline. Experience in counseling victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and understanding of issues pertaining to trauma, rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence. Good organizational skills, ability to work autonomously, yet maintain cooperative involvement with team. Group work experience preferred; but will train. Experience and/or comfort with public speaking and community outreach.


  • Working knowledge of community resources including housing programs.
  • Knowledge and experience in advocating for clients.
  • Ability to educate and empower clients to advocate for themselves.
  • Clear understanding of the unique circumstances surrounding homelessness due to domestic violence.
  • Training in domestic violence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in spoken and written words.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • Access to reliable transportation and possession of a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
  • Ability to work under stress and in crisis related situations.

Jane Doe Domestic and Sexual Violence training completed.
Equivalent life experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
Knowledge and experience in working in an office setting.
Must have a valid MA Drivers License

Forward cover letter and resume to:

Joanie Waldron
Director of Operations & Personnel
Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601

Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships