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Career Opportunities

Join our teams in Stamford and Norwalk and help us work to provide effective services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence across our Connecticut communities. To apply, applicants should email their resume to carol@kardaslarson.com.

Residential Advocate

Multiple Positions:
  • Norwalk Full Time 3pm-11pm weekdays
  • Stamford Part Time 3-11pm Saturdays and Sundays

Job Summary: 

 The Residential Advocate provides supportive counseling, advocacy, safety planning and educational services to adult and children of domestic violence as well as witnesses of domestic violence who reside in safe houses.   

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Provides support services to Safe House residents as needed. 
  • Assists with case management regarding advocating for housing, financial, safety recommendations, etc. 
  • Assists in conflict resolution with clients encouraging supportive problem solving and respectful communication. 
  • Completes initial screenings, intake documentation, and assesses current client needs. 
  • Monitors and documents resident’s compliance with program rules and guidelines, including room cleanliness, daily sign-in and adherence to program processes and procedures. 
  • Ensures the safety and security of the residents at the Safe House locations. 
  • Participates in weekly case conferences, staff meetings, and coordinates safe house activities. 
  • Completes and maintains documentation according to federal and state guidelines. 
  • Supports and advocates for individuals of domestic violence for positive outcomes while always supporting the mission and vision of the organization. 
  • Guided by established procedures, policies and processes related to a safe house environment.  Has moderate decision making authority and impact on the organization both from an internal and external nature. 
  • Maintains service records, completes accurate statistical and narrative reports and submit them in a timely manner. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred in a related discipline. 
  • Five plus years of experience in the human services field.  Background in domestic violence preferred. 
  • Experience providing direct services to crime victim in a crisis intervention, criminal justice or a human services field. 
  • Familiarity working in a non-profit organization; work with domestic violence population  
  • Fluency in Spanish required. 
  • Knowledge of community resources available for clients. 
  • Excellent crisis intervention and case management skills. 
  • Strong customer focus with good active listening skills. 
  • Ability to build relationships and manage challenges. 
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills. 
  • Time management and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision while maintaining a professional demeanor. 
  • Ability to work with all levels of people and maintain a professional attitude and relationships. 
  • Ability to maintain the utmost confidentiality of all information, material and correspondence. 
  • Excellent level with Word, Excel, Outlook and databases. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. 
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated advocacy skills for both client and systems change. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. 
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify solutions and approaches to problems. 
  • Ability to make good judgments and decisions relating to day-to-day activities. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility, agility, adaptability and ability to multi-task. 

Bilingual Attorney Advocate 

Full Time  


Job Summary: 

The Attorney Advocate facilitates civil legal advocacy services. Responsibilities  will include, but not limited to:  intake, information and referrals to resources including domestic violence programs for emergency shelter and other support services, support assistance and advocacy during any civil court case, distribution of hotline information, maintenance of an updated resources guide for referrals, short-term supportive counseling, support and crisis intervention, and ongoing assistance in the development of short and long term safety plans.  Civil Legal Advocacy Services will also include information about the court process, case updates and follow-up, ongoing accompaniment, support, assistance, and advocacy during court proceedings, explanation of legal process, systems and options, explanation of civil orders of protection, assistance in filing for civil restraining orders, service of process, information and assistance regarding victim compensation and CT-SAVIN. 

The Attorney Advocate will be responsible for outreach and the development of collaborative relationships within the community that will create and maintain a referral system including procedures for victims to access civil legal advocacy services.  The referral system will be comprised of various state and community based agencies, court personnel, court service centers, attorneys, and law enforcement.  This position must provide direct and immediate services for walk-ins. 

Essential Job Functions:

The direct services will include, but not limited to:

  • Assist victims in the completion of all necessary civil court paperwork 
  • Attend civil court hearings with the victim 
  • Information about Temporary Restraining Orders and other civil remedies including but not limited to divorce, custody, child support and visitation 
  • Information regarding the civil court process 
  • Support in designing and implementing safety plans 
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies for collateral services 
  • Referrals for services to children and dependents of the victim 
  • Information and assistance regarding the application for criminal injuries compensation 
  • Other services as deemed necessary. 

Advocacy services on behalf of victims will include but not limited to the following:

  • Develop victim referral protocols from the Family Violence Victim Advocates 
  • Develop a process for on-going communication between the civil courts to provide seamless services for victims 
  • Maintain client confidentiality subject to the agency’s confidentiality policies and the provision of CGS 52-146k privileged communications between domestic violence counselors and victims 
  • Initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with appropriate civil court related personnel including, but not limited to judges, prosecutors, bail commissioners, CSSD, police officers, marshals, clerks, probation officers, alternative incarceration program staff, and providers 
  • Keep accurate service records and submit quarterly reports to the Contractor. 

 Other Requirements

  • Submit quarterly statistical reports to DVCC by 12:00 pm on the 5th day of the month following the quarter being reported on an approved form 
  • Attend a minimum of two (2) advocate meetings and two (2) trainings and any other essential meetings call by DVCC during the fiscal year. 
  • Participate in research and evaluation projects approved and sanctioned by DVCC 
  • Maintain certification by receiving not less than six (6) hours of in-service training in issues related to working with victims of domestic violence and/or advocate job enhancement skills 
  • Other responsibilities as specifically required by DVCC 


  • Juris Doctorate essential; three plus years of experience in working in similar organizations and performing similar duties 
  • Bi-Lingual, fluency in Spanish a plus 
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence 
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of Safety Planning/Victim Defined Advocacy as it relates to domestic violence victims and the development of a plan for their safety and the preservation of their right to self determination 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the civil court system as it relates to domestic violence issues and laws affecting victims and an ability to effectively apply this knowledge to individual cases 
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with key court personnel 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to gather information from and assist a diversity of victims 
  • Ability to integrate and manage large amounts of information and communicate this information appropriately and effectively 
  • Ability to maintain service records, complete reports accurately and submit in a timely manner in accordance with DVCC standards. 
  • Knowledge of community resources 

Bilingual Family Violence Victim Advocate

Full Time

Stamford/Norwalk, CT

Job Summary:

The Family Violence Victim Advocate (FVVA) advocates for the rights of domestic violence victims in the Superior Court system. Provides services related to domestic violence support such as safety planning, crisis counseling and assistance with navigating the criminal justice system.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Advocates for the rights of domestic violence victims who are participating in the court processes by providing safety planning, crisis counseling and assistance with navigating the criminal justice system.
  • Provides services with a trauma informed approach to help understand the dynamics of domestic violence including restraining order process and application processes.
  • Collaborates effectively with the State Attorney’s office and family services to communicate Victims’ concerns and recommendations for the criminal court case.
  • Actively monitors the court at arraignment and docket to insure proper participation.
  • Effectuates home visits with domestic violence liaison at the Norwalk Police Department to ensure victim’s safety and security.
  • Works in partnership with law enforcement as the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) coordinator for DVCC.
  • Effectively and efficiently manages cases regarding domestic violence crimes while maintaining the client’s safety and security and providing support for needs.
  • Attends quarterly meetings with law enforcement and other LAP coordinators through CCADV process.
  • Manages and evaluates all LAP data on a monthly basis to see trends and issues and completes reports on a quarterly basis.
  • Mediates communication through Spanish interpretation for clients and attorneys at pro-bono legal clinic proceedings.
  • Provides in-service presentations to counseling group –sessions regarding information about the criminal justice system, victim rights and resources.
  • Completes appropriate referrals for clients to other departments within the agency or outside services as needed.
  • Manages the daily documentation of client and court notes and inputs into the appropriate database.


  • Guided by procedures, policies, major job objectives and the organization’s mission and goals, working with little or no supervision.
  • Has significant decision making authority and, significantly impacts the organization from both an internal and external perspective.


  • Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice or Social Services or related degree.
  • Two plus years of case management experience working in a social service environment or criminal court system.
  • Background in non-profit organizations a plus.
  • Previous experience with domestic violence a plus.
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Strong customer focus with good active listening skills.
  • Demonstrated Project Management Skills.
  • Highest level of ethics and values.
  • Ability to build and manage relationships.
  • Attention to detail, time management and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with all levels of people and maintain a professional attitude and foster relationships.
  • Excellent Microsoft skills in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs and Google Calendar.
  • Ability to maintain the utmost confidentiality of all information, material and correspondence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, changing team environment.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify solutions and approaches to problems.
  • Ability to make good judgments, and decisions, and be results oriented relating to day-to-day activities.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, agility, adaptability and ability to multi-task.

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