Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA)’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to be free from abuse through collaboration, prevention, awareness, and support. Our agency was founded in 1998 by community members who were confronted by the tragic reality that local victims of domestic violence and their children were living in their cars and out in the desert because they had nowhere to go. CAAFA has grown substantially since then, now serving victims of domestic violence from east Maricopa and northern Pinal counties and victims of sexual violence from eastern Maricopa and all of Pinal Counties. We provide a 16-bed emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, case management, sexual assault victim advocacy, nutritional support through food boxes, and community outreach services.
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Jane’s husband began abusing her verbally, physically, and in front of their children. Jane was a mother of five. Jane came to CAAFA’s safe home pregnant with her sixth child. She gave birth to her daughter while living in shelter. Jane’s emotions and ability to cope were damaged as a result of the abuse she endured. Over time, Jane attended groups and one-on-one empowerment sessions. Today, Jane keeps in touch with CAAFA, and is employed, has a home, is emotionally strong, and her children are doing well. Jane is grateful and credits the services at the organization with her ability to survive and thrive.
Susan and her child came into the shelter with just the clothes on their backs. She was very tearful and began to cry as she walked around the shelter. Staff was supportive and created an environment where she felt safe. Susan confided in staff regarding her abuse and shared that she wished to learn about an order of protection. A CAAFA legal advocate took a few hours with her to fully explain the details and what to expect from such a document. Given the horrific experiences Susan came from, the Sexual Violence Services Coordinator became heavily involved.
Susan started to talk to staff on a regular basis, she laughed with other participants and began to help other mothers in the shelter with their cooking. She loved to cook! Susan found it in herself to look for a job and saved her money to move into a place of her own with her child. Within a few months, Susan ended up moving into her own place and beginning a life free from violence thanks to the helping hands of CAAFA.
Our participant, Joanna, was referred to us by our Victim’s Services partner through the prosecutor’s office. Joanna had survived a horrific sexual assault which was being prosecuted through the criminal justice system. Our Sexual Violence Services Coordinator (SVSC) partnered with Joanna’s advocate through the prosecutor’s office to ensure that she was receiving support for her emotional needs as well as support through the criminal case.
When our SVSC first began meeting with Joanna, she needed extensive emotional support in order to begin processing her experience. Often, our SVSC would meet with Joanna for 3-4 hours each session in order to support her in processing her trauma.
As Joanna began to work through some of her trauma and feel more comfortable, our SVSC was able to assist her in meeting some of her other needs by connecting her with a few of our community partners. Through these community partners, Joanna was able to secure AHCCCS, nutrition assistance, and Victims Compensation benefits. With the help of our Legal Advocates, Joanna has applied for disability benefits.
She is currently living independently in transitional housing, is participating in weekly classes, and is about to start with a sexual violence support group. Joanna is thriving and told our SVSC that she finally feels like she can breathe again and make her life what she wants it to be.
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Careers and Internships
Current Open Positions Listed Below:
The Legal Advocate is responsible for providing legal advocacy services to program participants affected by domestic and sexual abuse. The Legal Advocate is responsible for providing services in a manner that builds on the strengths of the participants and their children. The Legal Advocate is not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice. This position reports to the Director of Programs. The starting salary is $29,000-$31,500 commensurate with experience and salary history, and a 5% increase in base pay for bi-lingual English/Spanish abilities. Other benefits include health insurance coverage and generous paid time off.
Typical Responsibilities and Duties:
- Provide legal advocacy services to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence.
- Complete intake and needs assessment of participants seeking general advocacy and community and legal advocacy services.
- Assist with safety planning.
- Facilitate outreach presentations to community members and potential clients on domestic abuse, sexual abuse, legal issues, and safety planning.
- Build relationships and work cooperatively with other agencies that provide legal services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
- Establish and maintain office hours for referrals and assistance.
- Work cooperatively with other staff members to help meet program participant basic needs.
- Provide assistance in completing and filing civil court documents.
- Provide support and accompaniment to civil, criminal, and domestic relations courts.
- Be willing and able to travel through Northern Pinal County and Eastern Maricopa County to deliver services.
- Maintain program participant files in accordance with legal and grant, complete all intakes, progress notes, and/or closures during specified time frames
- Complete and assist in required weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting as needed
- Attend all regularly scheduled meetings and trainings as required
- Other duties as assigned
Minimum Educational Qualifications:
Hold a bachelors degree in a related area (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Justice Studies, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, etc) or four (4) years work experience in the field of social sciences, preferably in the area of domestic or sexual abuse. Additional related work experience may substitute for education requirement.
Preferred Qualifications :
Knowledge, Skill and Ability:
- Knowledge of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, social services, community organizations, and the legal system.
- Effective interviewing and crisis counseling skills.
- Ability to remain calm in crisis situations.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Caring, honest, and cooperative nature.
- Supportive, sensitive, and empathetic personality.
- Strong problem solving skills.
- Ability to be flexible
- Ability to provide responsive services to a diverse population of program participants
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently
- Ability to respect confidentiality of information learned through providing services
- Consistently represent the mission and philosophy of the agency
- Maintain effective and cooperative relationships with community partners, safe home, other employees, and volunteers
To apply for an Advocacy Internship. Outreach and Prevention Internship, or Executive Leadership Internship please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
To apply for a Direct Service Internship to work directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or their children please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org .
CAAFA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment policies and procedures assuring all qualified persons are accorded equal opportunity for employment, promotion, and training. We encourage applicants from diverse groups to apply including, but not limited to African-American, Latina/o, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and LGBT persons. We also welcome applicants from different national origins, religions, ages, and ability status.