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Home Start Inc.

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Position: Domestic Violence Intern

Classification: Intern (Volunteer)

Supervised By: Domestic Violence Advocate, Intake Leads

Job Summary

NOTE: Interns must be enrolled in university and receive course credit for hours worked.

Provides mobile advocacy services and support to survivors of relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault or abuser and their children.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adhere to principles and practice of a DV focused Housing First model to include Trauma Informed Care, Harm Reduction and Safety Planning; Mobile Advocacy and Flexible Engagement.
  • Collect agency referral form and conduct intake assessment for eligible participants seeking support, identifying housing service needs and coordinating initial service. Links clients with community resources as necessary.
  • Provide ongoing support to DV Housing Specialist, including working with domestic violence clients. This includes outreach to complete housing applications, program agreements, assessments, and to provide housing orientations as appropriate.
  • Connect client to community resources and services identified in their safety plan and housing plan.
  • Assist the Domestic Violence Advocate in establishing an in-house library of written and electronic resources and material that can be used to support both professional development and community engagement efforts.
  • Collects and records client and service information in a timely and accurate manner. Maintains client case files and records in organized and easily accessible fashion.
  • Attends and participates in individual and group supervision, team and staff meetings and training as scheduled.
  • Develops and maintains positive, supportive working relationships with other team members and all agency staff.
  • Actively pursues professional development opportunities to stay current in the field.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Current student working on obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in human services or other related field. To be considered an intern- the student MUST be enrolled and receive course credit for the hours worked at Home Start.
  • Experience: Knowledge of counseling and advocacy techniques for people who have been victims of domestic violence, including crisis intervention and case management skills beneficial.
  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate when working with others. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer literate as appropriate. Bilingual a plus.
  • Abilities: Willingness to provide in-home services. Must be team player and able to work independently.
  • Other requirements: Must have a valid California driver’s license, a safe driving record, insurance and reliable vehicle and willing to use it on the job. Mileage for work travel will be reimbursed.

Physical Demands

  • Sitting for long periods of time in the homes of clients, in the office or at required meetings and in supervision sessions.
  • Daily traveling in car to clients or to agency or meetings.
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of boxes or bags for delivery to clients (such as emergency food supplies).
  • Frequent note-taking and recording in files.

Work Environment

  • Office space may be shared.
  • Frequent travel to provide mobile advocacy for clients. (Mileage reimbursed)

To apply, please email

with the position name on the subject and attach your resume and cover letter.

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About Home Start Inc.


5005 Texas Street, #203, San Diego, CA 92108, US

Mission Statement

Home Start exists to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities throughout San Diego.


volunteers for distribution events, recurring clerical volunteers, volunteers in the Thrift Boutique, etc.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


131 Avocado Ave.San Diego, CA 92020



  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health
  • Advocacy
  • Case Work / Management
  • Social Work




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Depends on university internship requirements- 10 to 20 hours per week. All hours must be completed Monday-Friday, 830-5pm.
  • Must be a current student enrolled or willing to enroll in university credit course to fit agency intern definition.

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