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YWCA York: Legal Advocate

Legal Advocate

Full Time York, PA, US

Requisition ID: 1097 to apply



To be an advocate for victims of violent crimes and serve as a liaison with the legal system, i.e., attorneys, magistrates, courts, police, probation, and judges. Act as an advocate for the mission of YWCA York.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:    

  • Responsible for in-depth client interviews, gathering and organizing information and keeping statistical data as required.
  • Maintain confidential materials associated with the clients.
  • Provide options counseling by introducing the client to legal options, victim compensation benefits and what to expect in court.
  • Provide support individually and provide court accompaniment to clients.
  • Develop basic knowledge of criminal justice system and advocate for the rights of the victim.
  • Provide the following court accompaniment services to clients: case status updates, courtroom orientation, victim rights notification, victim’s compensation assistance, victim witness intimidation information, and witness management.
  • Provide education and support in obtaining legal rights of client and provide referrals and accompaniment to appropriate systems and agencies.
  • Stay up-to-date and have a thorough knowledge of all legislation which may affect victims of crime and/or the department.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationship with community agencies such as the county court system including the Victim/Witness Program of the District Attorney’s office, etc.
  • Assist in the facilitation of support groups for victims of violent crimes and their significant others.
  • Attends YWCA York-held and community special events as required.
  • May be needed to respond to hospital calls during and after hours.
  • Adhere to YWCA York conduct and service standards per funding agencies such as PCCD, PCAR, etc.
  • Always maintains confidentiality.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related and at least one-year work experience preferred.
  • Must complete PCAR/PCCD/PCADV advocate training within 90 days of employment.


Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge/skills in the provision of services to victims in stress.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Reliable transportation required



  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
  • Observes safety and security procedures.
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment.


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