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Domestic Violence Specialist

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

The Domestic Violence Specialist will work full time with the General Preventive and Family Rehabilitation Programs to support victims of Domestic Violence and promote trust and communication between the client and the Case Planner as the cases proceeds through the Child Welfare system.

The Domestic Violence Specialist will observe barriers to services and group outcomes to assure that all DV requirements of the Child Welfare system are met in order to ensure children’s safety as well as compliance with quality practice guidelines that are in accordance with Child Welfare, OCFS and agency standards and policies.


Essential Functions:

  • Works with the client and Case Planner around developing safety plans, identifying the services and resources needed for the client and ensuring appropriate follow up such as legal, immigration and housing support.
  • Assists the client in obtaining orders of protection and entering domestic violence shelters.
  • Escort clients to court, hospitals, and shelters or connect them to legal representation.
  • Conduct home visits with Case Planners on cases where Domestic violence is present.
  • Documents notes in Connections and data in Promis.
  • Conduct Domestic Violence Psycho Educational Groups and Individual sessions.
  • Keeps up to date logs for DV group sessions, safety planning sessions, and Domestic Violence Screening Forms.
  • Gather and present information and training programs regarding domestic violence issues.
  • Collaborates with community based organizations that specialize in Domestic Violence and abuse; maintains referrals for victims and staff. This would include support groups, counselors, financial assistance counselors and others who are involved in the support of Domestic Violence victims.
  • For Court ordered supervision cases, the Domestic Violence Specialist will work with the Probation and Court Service departments to inform, update, educate and support their efforts with cases we jointly serve.
  • Participate in Family Team Conferences as a consultant to address DV issues and help develop follow up actions required by the agency.
  • Maybe required to cover Saturday events related to DV community trainings.
  • Bilingual Spanish required.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Three years of experience in child welfare and work affiliated with Domestic Violence population required
  • Child welfare practice experience a plus; thorough working knowledge of ACS preventive services system.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal communication, writing and organizational skills
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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