Domestic Violence Advocate [Part Time ] (MGH Chelsea)

Massachusetts General Hospital

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Join HAVEN, an established hospital based Domestic Violence program, to provide advocacy services to survivors of DV at the MGH Chelsea. In this dynamic position, provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence, consult with medical staff, educate and train clinicians about the health impacts of domestic violence. Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary colleagues in order to improve and enhance DV survivors’ experience in the health care setting. Participate in community committees and initiatives on behalf of MGH and HAVEN. Many opportunities for learning and growth.


Clinical Practice:

Responds promptly to requests for consultation/services from Hospital staff and employees. Screens patients who are referred or who request services.

Provides psychosocial assessments of persons impacted by intimate partner abuse. Provides specialized safety assessments and helps clients assess level of personal risk. Assesses need for additional clinical services: substance abuse, mental health or medical interventions.

Employs a range of appropriate clinical services including individual advocacy, crisis intervention, short term counseling, information, referral, safety planning and group services. Advocates on behalf of patients to gain access to services and resources.

Facilitates weekly support groups for survivors of partner abuse.

Provides risk management. Facilitates the appropriate and effective use of Hospital resources.

Presents and discusses clinical work in formal and informal case reviews and seminars and inter/intra departmental case meetings.

Maintains strong relationships with community organizations including: shelters, police, courts, district attorney’s offices, Department of Children and Families, housing, immigration and other assistance programs.

Provides consultation to Hospital staff and employees as well as other collateral community agencies.

Participates in program evaluation research as needed by gathering data, and assisting with research design and data analysis as requested by Program Director.

Teaching and Education:

Assesses patients’ learning needs, styles and readiness. Educates patient regarding safety plans, community resources, and impacts of abuse.

May mentor staff. Teaches in department and Hospital seminars/workshops/ rounds.


Works as member of multidisciplinary domestic violence program with strong collaborative ties to: Employee Assistance Program, Police and Security, Emergency Department, Medicine/Specialties, Nursing, Employee Health, Health Centers and other departments throughout the institution.

Serves as trainer in multidisciplinary Hospital-wide domestic violence training initiative.

Participates in Child Protection Team and other relevant groups as determined by Program Director.

Serves on committees as needed to be determined by Program Director.

Collaborates with all relevant community resources and sits on community task forces/alliances as needed.

Organizational/Administrative Skills:

Takes responsibility for own administrative duties, including timely and appropriate documentation, timely and accurate daily reporting of activities via the HAVEN program’s information system and accurate reporting of time worked.

Attends and participates in Program meetings, team meetings and staff meetings.

Participates in Departmental and Hospital committees.

Professional Conduct:

Adheres to the profession’s clinical standards and Code of Ethics.

Adheres to the Department and Hospital standards, policies and procedures.

Promotes Program, Departmental and Hospital public relations.

Professional Development:

Participates in supervision/consultation as appropriate to level of professional development.

Is responsible for own professional development. Attends pertinent continuing education and professional activities related to job responsibilities and career goals. Keeps current with domestic violence and health care developments as pertinent to job and profession. Complies with licensure requirements as appropriate.

Patient Population:

Each advocate has knowledge of/responsibility for a specified patient population defined by their experience of intimate partner abuse.

Massachusetts license, if applicable.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Experience in domestic violence education/training.
Strong interpersonal skills enabling effective team collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to understand the role of domestic violence advocate in a hospital setting and to work in a complex, fast-paced environment.
1-3 years direct work experience with victims of domestic violence.

Fluent in Spanish is a MUST

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Primary Location

MA-Chelsea-151 Everett - MGH

Work Locations

151 Everett - MGH 151 Everett Avenue Chelsea 02150


Social Services/Mental Health - Other


Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)


Part-time 20

Employee Status

Regular MGH Social Services

Job Posting

Oct 27, 2017

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