Breaking the Cycle of Violence


Child Advocate:

It is the mission of Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center to protect and serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, to provide shelter and to prevent such violence by enhancing education, treatment and awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

            The Victim/Child Advocate will work to advance the Mission of Missouri Shores by promoting the safety and well-being of all clients of Missouri Shores. This will be done by advocating for victims and survivors when they are unable to advocate for themselves and by raising awareness in our community through education and presentations.

            The Child Advocate, along with all other advocates and case managers, are supervised immediately by the Client Services Supervisor. From there, all agency programs and staff are overseen by the Executive Director, who is governed by our 13-member Board of Directors.

            The Victim/Child Advocate will:

·       Provide effective and trauma-informed case management to assigned clients and their children;

·       Provide safe emergency shelter;

·       Remain calm in crisis situations in order to effectively advocate for a victim and their family;

·       Assist clients in filling out protection orders and accompanying them to scheduled court hearings;

·       Advocate for victims during law enforcement interviews and while making a report to law enforcement;

·       Advocate for victims during emergency medical appointments, such as after an assault or during a forensic medical exam;

·       Provide assistance to clients in seeking and securing safe, stable housing and employment;

·       Help clients learn life skills such as budgeting or meal planning;

·       Facilitate a weekly Children’s Support Group to help children learn about violence and how to stay safe;

·       Present to schools and other organizations about Missouri Shores, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking;

·       Accept, sort, organize, and put away donations – Ability to lift 50 lbs. required;

·       Some clerical work as needed

·       Other duties as assigned.

            This Victim/Child Advocate is a full-time position with an expected 40 hour work week. Typically, the hours worked at Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. At times, the Victim/Child Advocate will be expected to work during the evening or weekend. The Victim/Child Advocate is also expected to be on-call with the crisis hotline one night per week.

            There is a six-month probationary period. After the six-month probationary period, leave time will be available for use. Performance review will be held after six months and then annually. Health and dental insurance offered. Retirement contributions available after two years of employment.

            Knowledge related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking required. Driver’s license and reliable transportation is required. Criminal background check is required. High school diploma or equivalent. Willing to train the right candidate.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sarah via email,


Crisis Phone Weekend Advocate:

If you are interested in becoming a crisis phone advocate, please call 224-0256 and ask for Sarah. This advocate position is on call from Friday at 5:00pm until Monday at 8:00am.  This position receives a stipend and training provided.

Crisis Line: (605) 224.7187
Toll Free: 1.800.696.7187
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