Court Advocacy Intern @ Compass Center for Women & Families

Court Responsibilities (3-4 hrs/week):

● Directly and remotely assist clients in civil and criminal domestic violence court by providing: o Crisis intervention, active listening, and emotional support to individuals and families o Advocacy for clients working with other community partners o Community resources and referrals to address client’s needs o Legal information related to client’s needs

● Keep accurate and appropriate documentation on client services; conduct outreach and follow up

Other Responsibilities (4-6 hrs/week):

● Weekly daytime shifts on domestic violence hotline

● Assist Court Advocacy Manager with civil and criminal court docket preparation

● Pre and post court follow up with clients

● Domestic violence protective order expiration reminder calls

● Conduct court advocacy surveys by phone

● Connect clients to appropriate Compass Center services and community resources
● Review and revise the court advocacy training manual

● Attend Orange County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Committee meetings and take minutes

● Maintain statistical records and proper documentation on clients served

● Complete special projects as requested

Intern Requirements:

● Must have a degree or be working towards a degree in a human services/social justice related field (i.e. political science, women’s studies, pre-law, psychology, social work, criminal justice, etc.) OR have equivalent related experience

● Comfort in talking to and assisting individuals in crisis/in need of support around issues including but not limited to physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and financial abuse

● Comfort in working with all people who enter Compass Center, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity

● Commitment to racial equity and antiracist work, particularly in the context of the court/judicial system

● Complete a 42-hour advocate training (or present documentation of similar training)

● Must be available Thursdays at 8:30 am-12:30 pm for the morning court session; personal transportation highly preferred. o In-person work at the courthouse is subject to change per public health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

● Experience working within the court system is preferred but not required

● Spanish fluency is preferred but not required

This position will be supervised by the Court Advocacy Manager. Please submit a resume and cover letter in an email to: Morgan Charlier ( This position pays a total of $3,700.00 for the year, paid hourly.

The position runs from February 2022 to February 2023, but start and end dates are flexible. This position is a hybrid of in-person and remote work; however the hybrid model may be subject to change in accordance with public health guidelines. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, January 23rd.

  • Internship
  • Academic year
  • Summer