DVOP Intern

Domestic Violence Outreach Program (DVOP) Intern

Position Summary

  • The Domestic Violence Outreach Program Intern position is responsible for providing advocacy, individual and group support and education for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to serving and working with diverse populations.
  • This position is also responsible for participating in outreach activities designed to inform the community of the dynamics of domestic violence, Family Tree’s Domestic Violence Support Services, and to engage survivors in those services.
  • Some evenings required; ability to be flexible with schedule.

Key Responsibilities

  • Adhere to Family Tree’s Strategic Plan, mission, vision, values and goals which will be provided.
  • Engage all Family Tree programs and services in order to provide clients effective connection to relevant services at the agency.
  • Provide advocacy and individual and group support and education for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Assist survivors with in-depth safety planning and help to increase awareness of relevant community resources.
  • Complete client documentation, statistics and client surveys in a timely manner.
  • Continually strive to increase knowledge of community resources, dynamics of domestic violence, trauma-informed practices, impact of domestic violence on children, and other topics pertaining to the clients served by the program.
  • Attend staff meetings, individual supervision sessions, required trainings, Family Tree orientation, Outreach Program training, onboarding, and other meetings as required.
  • Provide immediate assistance to walk-in clients.
  • Coordinate and staff cases with other Outreach Program staff, and supervisor.
  • Answer general Outreach Program line/email, assess needs and offer appropriate interventions, safety planning and referrals. Return phone calls/email to survivors requesting services. Assess needs and schedule intakes.
  • Maintain confidentiality per Family Tree policies and state and federal laws protecting victims of domestic violence.
  • Work with other Family Tree staff in a cooperative manner that allows timely completion of work and to ensure smooth flow of work in programs and departments within the agency and the community.
  • Represent Family Tree at networking events, prepare and present community workshops, and cultivate the growing network of community partnerships.
  • Adhere to Family Tree Volunteer Handbook, and Domestic Violence Outreach Program procedures, grant goals and objectives.
  • Work from PorchLight Family Justice Center in the shared community partner space at least one day a week to enhance community partnerships and services in Jefferson County.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements

  • This position may require long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to speak and hear in ordinary conversation and groups.
  • Normal vision is required with or without corrective lenses.

Training & Support

Trainings that are required: Volunteer Orientation, complete Navigator online trainings, and shadow navigators when possible.


  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence preferred.
  • Must have some knowledge of trauma-informed practices and basic mental health issues.
  • Experience and knowledge of social justice issues regarding gender-based violence, privilege and oppression, and systemic inequalities preferred.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated public speaking skills are necessary as this position requires the ability to provide educational trainings in the community.
  • Basic computer competency necessary.
  • Reliable transportation preferred.
  • CBI, MVR and Central Registry checks required.


  • Becoming part of the Family Tree team, providing solutions for families in crisis to become safe, strong and self-reliant.
  • Work experience to enhance the strength of your resume, including the flexibility to tailor the position to meet your interests and talents.

Getting Started

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and brief cover letter to Rebekah Hawthorne, Director of Volunteer Engagement at rhawthorne@thefamilytree.org