Victim Advocate Salary
Job Description for Victim Advocate
Victim advocates work with victims of various crimes, usually those of domestic violence, and typically work for a non-profit organization or government entity, such as a police department.Read More...
Victim advocates work with parties such as detectives and police officers in order to intervene in times of crisis, and it may be necessary to help victims develop "exit plans." These advocates may help provide temporary shelter for the victim and obtain necessary medical services, and usually continue to serve as case managers for victims and help them obtain community and legal services as needed. They may go to court with victims to provide support and assistance, and flexibility is necessary in this position, as sometimes work is done on-call. Victim advocates may also run support groups and provide one-on-one counseling, and public speaking skills may be necessary to provide community information sessions. Training in domestic violence advocacy may also be needed, and the job may require creating reports on things such as job activity and statistical information, so they should be able to multitask and manage several cases at once.
Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary in this position, and a bachelor's or master's degree in counseling, social work, or social sciences is required by some employers. A valid driver's license and personal vehicle are often required, as well.
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Popular Skills for Victim Advocate
Victim Advocates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Community Outreach / Activism, Crisis Counseling, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing Court Documents, Microsoft Office, and Legal Research. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Bilingual.
Pay by Experience Level for Victim Advocate
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Victim Advocates see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $36K by contrast.