Archive for November 2018

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

 Compass Center is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

Client Services and Volunteer Manager position description (1)

Domestic Violence Housing Coordinator

 

A Leader in Creating a Community Response to Help End and Prevent Domestic Violence

A Leader in Creating a Community Response to Help End and Prevent Domestic Violence

Getting to Know Compass Center

Compass Center not only serves clients directly, but is a leader in bringing people together to talk about how we, as a community, can address domestic violence.  In 2013, Compass Center reinstated the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force, a group that provides a coordinated and comprehensive community response to domestic violence as well as other forms of interpersonal violence.

The meetings include staff from the Orange County’s Sheriff’s office, the UNC Women’s Center, Orange County Rape Crisis Center, the NC National Guard, law enforcement officers from multiple police departments, school counselors, and more. These monthly meetings are a chance to put faces with names, build contacts, and have a space for discussion about the different challenges and issues victims of domestic abuse face in Orange County.

“The more service providers are aware of what’s out there and what resources and referrals they can make for clients, students, or patients, the more streamlining of services there can be to better help survivors,” said Compass Center Director of Court Advocacy and Community Response Madison B.

“It’s also a way for the community to be aware that there is an organized collaborative group that is working to end domestic violence and provide support to survivors. The group looks at systems that community members engage with frequently, such as the need for affordable housing, transportation, and access to healthcare services in this area,” Madison said.

For example, in a meeting earlier this year, Kathleen Lockwood, Staff Attorney at the North Carolina Council Against Domestic Violence, gave a powerful presentation about her expungement project.  Expungement is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. Lockwood discussed how domestic violence survivors might have criminal records either from their abuser forcing them to do an illegal act or from a “dual arrest” in which police arrest both the victim and the perpetrator of domestic violence. Lockwood explained that even when the abuse ends, the effects on a victim’s criminal record can prohibit them from getting jobs or housing.  She instructed task force members about what to do to help survivors petition for an expungement.

Through trainings such as this, participants are kept informed about current issues and resources surrounding domestic violence, and are thus better able to care for survivors who they encounter through their work.

Recently, the group formed a Latinx subcommittee comprised of service providers who serve Latinx and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations. The group recognizes the unique barriers and challenges immigrant and LEP individuals face in accessing services. The subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss issues and changes in our community that affect this unique client population. 

Beginning in January of 2019, The Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) and Sexual Assault Response Task Force (SART) will combine to form the new Orange County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Committee (DVSARC). This merger recognizes that many survivors have experienced both domestic violence and sexual assault, and seeks to ensure that all service providers have access to relevant and helpful information. 

If you would like more information about the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force, please email dvcourt@compassctr.org.

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