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Include These Domestic Violence Advocate Skills
- Victim advocacy and support
- Support group facilitation
- Crisis management
- Legal planning and assistance
- Relationship building/trust
- Intake and risk assessments
- Safety planning
- Hotlines and referrals
- Law enforcement communications
A sample cover letter for a Domestic Violence Advocate follows, with comparable qualifications and experience noted.
Dear Ms. Cooper:
When I learned of your search for a Domestic Violence Advocate, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your consideration. As a dedicated and tactful specialist with key experience in domestic violence prevention and support programs and providing compassionate victim support and advocacy, I am confident that I would significantly contribute to your organization’s goals and make a positive impact in this capacity.
My career accomplishments include outstanding experience consulting with program leadership to ensure implementation and evolution in alignment with organizational core values. In my previous position with the Washington Coalition to End Domestic Violence—as well as in my volunteer work manning a 24-hour victim hotline—I provided crisis intervention, referral coordination, transportation, legal planning, and community education to meet program objectives while serving as a continual victim advocate. My solid communication, relationship building, and diplomatic skills allow me to excel in coordinating all facets of domestic violence programs.
Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:
Advocating for victims of domestic violence for the past four years as a Victim Advocate with the Washington Coalition to End Domestic Violence; monitoring client activities, conducting intake and risk assessments, leading safety planning efforts and providing crisis management.
Applying a deep understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victim advocacy laws, issues, and executive orders to propel the achievement of vital objectives within highly charged and emotional situations.
Educating primary and secondary domestic assault victims about the dynamics of domestic violence, available resources and referral options.
Training service volunteers to provide expanded victim support, while simultaneously facilitating victim support groups to promote healing.
Facilitating legal actions for victims seeking safety and justice; attending court hearings, obtaining victim statements and medical releases, and advocating on behalf of victims filing injunctions against their abusers.
Answering a 24-hour crisis hotline and assisting with safety planning, referrals, and advocacy for victims.
Building and sustaining positive relationships with local support agencies to ensure critical support for domestic violence victims.
With a proven track record of excellence in domestic violence victim advocacy and program coordination, I am positioned to vastly exceed your expectations for this role and substantially benefit your organization. I look forward to discussing the position in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Carolyn C. Chatham