Domestic Violence Intervention Specialist

Alexandria, VA
$44,538.52 - $73,207.80 Annually
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 17, 2021
Full Time
Domestic Violence Intervention Specialist

The Overview

The Domestic Violence Intervention Specialist serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Office’s Victim Witness Assistance Program. Under the general supervision of the Victim Witness Assistance Program Coordinator, the Specialist provides direct services to victims of domestic violence throughout the criminal justice process. The work includes providing crisis intervention, referrals, court advocacy and accompaniment and fulfilling the mandates of the Virginia Crime Victims’ Rights Act. This position is funded through a grant provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

The Opportunity
  • Appraises victims of the status of their court case, educates victims about the court process;
  • and provides supportive accompaniment to hearings, meetings and interviews.
  • Informs victims of the rights they are entitled to under the Virginia Victim and Witness Rights;
  • Act and assists victims with exercising those rights as required by Virginia Code;
  • Provides safety planning, information and referral services and assists victims with obtaining orders of protection;
  • Provides training to allied professionals and education to the community on the dynamics of domestic violence and available resources;
  • Participates in the City’s Coordinated Domestic Violence Intervention Project by working cooperatively with allied agencies and attending meetings and workgroups;
  • Gathers statistics and produces grant applications and reports;
  • Performs related work as required.

The Ideal Candidate

To qualify for this position, candidates must possess a four-year college degree; one year experience working in a human services delivery program providing direct guidance and case work services; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required before employment.

To be considered an ideal candidate, a candidate must possess a four-year college degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice or other related field and 2 years of experience providing direct services to victims of domestic violence. Additionally, the ability to fluently speak, read, and write in English and Spanish is preferred.

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About the Department

The Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Alexandria is an elected Constitutional officer who services as the public prosecutor on behalf of the citizens of the City of Alexandria. The office employs Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys, and a number of administrative staff members who are supervised by the Office Administrator. The Office also maintains a Victim Witness Assistance Program consisting of a Program Coordinator and five Victim Witness Specialists. The mission of the Commonwealth's Attorney is to investigate and prosecute violations of law, to pursue the truth, to safeguard the civil rights of all members of the community and to ensure justice is done in every case under his responsibility.


Employees of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. This position is grant-funded through December 31, 2021. Continued funding beyond this date is contingent upon availability of grant funds.

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