A Criminal Justice Intern serves under the Criminal Justice Program which aims to break the cycle of abuse, educate victims about resources, and support them to achieve a life free from the grip of domestic violence and sexual assault. Beacon of Hope has formulated partnerships with police departments in Central Indiana. Victim Advocates respond to police reports to offer victims services, safety planning and address other needs that they may have. The Criminal Justice Intern helps Victim Advocates to better serve our clients.
- Updating the victims on criminal cases within the criminal justice process
- Assisting the victims in connecting with their assigned advocate within the prosecutor’s office on detailed information regarding their case
- Helping the victims with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement
- Accompanying the victims to court for criminal cases, protective orders or child in need of services (CHINS) cases
- Providing victims with empathy and support during court accompaniment
- Answering victims’ questions during court accompaniment (training will be provided)
- Assisting the victims with filing for protective orders
- Taking detailed notes during court accompaniments upon request
- Helping the victims with Crime Victims Compensation Applications
- Providing victims with resources and referrals for medical, legal, shelter/housing, employment, clinics, counseling/support groups assistance
- Providing follow-ups
- Researching laws related to domestic violence and sexual assaults
- DOES NOT give legal advice, always refers the victims to their attorneys
- DOES NOT talk in court, even when judge asks the questions – The assistant must be subpoenaed to talk without breaking confidentiality
Required hours, duration of internship, and start date will all be determined in conjunction with the applicant's schedule.