Victim Witness Specialist – LTE
This is a limited term position, wokring full time in the District Attorney’s Office. We anticipate this posiiton continuing for over a year. Due to the duration of this position, the employee will be eligible for County Benefits.
This is paraprofessional work providing information plus liaison and advocacy services to victims and witnesses of crime after the crime occurs and during the investigation and court process. Independent judgment is exercised within established procedures specified by Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin Statues, the Victim of Crime’s Act, grant and program requirements, and department/County policies and procedures. Work requires knowledge of victim and witness rights legislation and the corresponding criminal court process. Employees receive supervision from the Victim/Witness Coordinator who reviews work based on effective compliance in meeting victim/witness rights and needs within required timelines and coordination of appropriate community resources in a caring sensitive manner. Work involves direct contact with victims and witnesses of crimes and possible family members, attorneys, court personnel, law enforcement, various community service agency staff, District Attorney staff, and the public.
Bachelor’s degree in human services, criminal justice or closely related field preferred. Equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered. Experience working with crime victims or witnesses preferred.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
Provides information to victims and witnesses who contact the District Attorney’s office either in person or by phone.
Reviews daily law enforcement crime and arrest reports and/or jail list to identify crime victims to be contacted; initiates communication with victims by phone or mail to inform them of their rights and the resources available to assist them.
Assists crime victims with requesting restitution and applying for available compensation provided by the Wisconsin Crime Victim Compensation Board.
Provides documentation to attorneys regarding victims’ requests to exercise their rights.
Contacts victims and/or witnesses to discuss upcoming court hearings and the need for their testimony; coordinates meetings with attorneys.
Assists attorneys during meetings with victims and/or witnesses to discuss court process and help prepare them for providing testimony; addresses any victim/witness concerns and questions.
Notifies and schedules appointments for expert witnesses to attend required court proceedings; coordinates travel and lodging accommodations.
Confers with victims regarding potential resolution of criminal case; relays their input to attorneys for consideration.
Assists victims who request help with preparing victim impact statements and/or presenting the statements during court proceedings.
Attends hearings with victims/witnesses to advocate for them and provide them information and support while testifying or presenting victim impact statements.
Serves as a liaison for victims/witnesses with community resources; makes appropriate referrals to ensure services are provided that address victim/witness mental health, financial, safety, and other needs beyond the court process.
Keeps victims informed concerning the status and final disposition of their case; documents that required information and appropriate forms were provided.
Attends meetings with law enforcement to communicate issues regarding victim needs and concerns.
May participate as a member of the Marathon County Domestic Violence Intervention Team that assists victims of domestic violence.
Compiles information and statistics required for grants and other victim/witness program requirements.
Maintains and files related program documentation and records.
Maintains regular and predictable attendance; works extra hours as required.
Performs related work as required.
Salary range: Min $21.53 – Market $24.11 – Max $30.14
This is a non-exempt position. Even though this is a limited term position, due to anticipate duration of one year, employee will be benefit eligible based on hire date.