A Criminal Justice Intern serves under the Criminal Justice Program which aims to break the cycle of abuse, educate victims about resources, and support them to achieve a life free from the grip of domestic violence and sexual assault. Beacon of Hope has formulated partnerships with police departments in Central Indiana. Victim Advocates respond to police reports to offer victims services, safety planning and address other needs that they may have. The Criminal Justice Intern helps Victim Advocates to better serve our clients.
Updating the victims on criminal cases within the criminal justice process
Assisting the victims in connecting with their assigned advocate within the prosecutor’s office on detailed information regarding their case
Helping the victims with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement
Accompanying the victims to court for criminal cases, protective orders or child in need of services (CHINS) cases
Providing the victims with empathy and support during court accompaniment
Answering victims’ questions during court accompaniment (training will be provided)
Assisting the victims with filing for protective orders
Taking detailed notes during court accompaniments upon request
Helping the victims with Crime Victims Compensation Applications
Providing the victims with resources and referrals for medical, legal, shelter/housing, employment, clinics, counseling/support groups assistance
Researching laws related to domestic violence and sexual assaults
DOES NOT give legal advice, always refers the victims to their attorneys
DOES NOT talk in court, even when judge asks the questions - The assistant must be subpoenaed to talk without breaking confidentiality
Ability to stay calm and use appropriate judgment under stressful situations
Critical thinking and evaluation skills
Attention to details in record keeping, coordination and documentation
Ability to handle multiple tasks
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to problem solve and make appropriate decisions in urgent situations
Ability to demonstrate professionalism
Ability to follow instructions
Ability and willingness to speak and ask if unsure; propensity to learn
Bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice, law or related field [at least in process] OR previous experience in working with traumatized persons
Responsibilities, Skills and Qualifications for All Volunteers and Interns
Supporting other staff and volunteers as needed
Maintaining cleanliness and care of the Center’s offices
Supporting other areas whenever possible.
Maintaining building security by insuring that all doors stay locked at all times. Volunteers will never be alone in the building.
Positive attitude with callers, clients, staff and volunteers
Ability to work both independently and as a team
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Awareness and adherence to confidentiality and boundaries
Punctuality and dependability
Working knowledge of Microsoft suite including Word, Power Point and Excel
Excellent typing skills
Commitment to non-violent and cooperative work environment
Commitment to providing quality and equitable services to all clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, age or sexual orientation
Ability to pass a criminal background check
Ability to do online research
Preferred Qualifications (not required):
Bachelor’s degree pertaining to the position the volunteer/intern is interested in
One or more years of experience pertaining to the position the volunteer/intern is interested in
6920 S East St, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46227, US
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is a Christ-centered organization empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become self-sufficient by providing safety, education and support.
Beacon of Hope offers the following services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault: crisis support, victim advocacy, case management, counseling, employment assistance, court accompaniment, life skills training, teen dating violence education and outreach, foster pet care, and community awareness.
Beacon of Hope is an equal opportunity provider and serves victims of domestic violence regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnic origin, gender, or economic status.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal
We'll work with your schedule.
6920 S East St Suite BIndianapolis, IN46227
December 16, 2020
Verbal / Written Communication
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
8 hrs/week is preferred, but we're open to all.
To be considered, please leave your phone number in the comment section when you apply!