Independence House, Inc.

Current Position Openings

• Domestic & Sexual Violence Counselor/Advocate
• Child Witness to Violence Counselor (part time 25 hours)

Please scroll down for complete job descriptions
and application instructions

Domestic & Sexual Violence Counselor/Advocate

Bachelors or Masters Degree (Preferred) in Counseling/Social Work or related discipline.  Experience in counseling victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and understanding of issues pertaining to trauma, rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence.  Good organizational skills, ability to work autonomously, yet maintain cooperative involvement with team.  Group work experience preferred; but will train. Experience and/or comfort with public speaking and community outreach.

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate will provide a range of confidential services to survivors of domestic & sexual violence, non-offending family members and friends..

The person in this position is supervised by the Programs Manager.


  • Provide crisis intervention as needed to domestic & sexual violence survivors.
  • Provide individual counseling to survivors of domestic & sexual violence and their non-offending family members or friends.
  • Develop and co-facilitate support groups.
  • Provide medical, legal and police accompaniment.
  • Provide client intakes as scheduled and as needed on an emergency basis including safe home intakes for all domestic & sexual violence clients.
  • Be available for the rotation of hotline coverage.
  • Provide appropriate referrals and linkage to referral sources.
  • Keep accurate documentation of all client services and collateral services, including maintenance of all client files and statistics.
  • Submit monthly and quarterly statistics to the Programs Manager in a timely manner.
  • Attend Independence House staff meetings.
  • Attend Independence House team meetings.
  • Attend community round tables and task forces as requested by manager.
  • Work within the agency’s philosophy, policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as required.
  • Outreach to Cape Community and schools as needed.

Please send cover letter & resume by Friday, May 8, 2015 to:
Joanie Waldron, Dir. Of Operations & Personnel
Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
Email: Joaniew@indhouse.net or fax: 508-778-0143

Child Witness to Violence Counselor

Part-Time/25 Hours

The Child Witness to Violence Counselor is responsible for providing a continuum of services to children who have experienced and witnessed domestic violence.


The staff member will be supervised by the Programs Manager.


  • Provide comprehensive high quality intake and assessment for children who witness violence.
  • Provide individual counseling to child victims and witnesses at Independence House.
  • Provide intake, referral and advocacy for children.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other service providers serving children/teens.
  • Plan, develop, and facilitate groups for children who witness domestic violence.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork.
  • Other duties as appropriate and assigned.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary assessment team as needed.
  • Interface with community.
  • Comply with contract reporting requirements.
  • Maintain a caseload to meet needs of clients


  • Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence in general and specific to children.
  • Strong group work and counseling skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other via oral and written word.
  • Strong counseling foundation and understanding of ethical standards.
  • Ability to function as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other Independence House Staff, the public, funding sources and children.
  • Knowledge of policy issues regarding domestic and sexual violence.
  • Conflict resolution and assertiveness skills.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with technology.
  • Ability to work without close supervision.
  • Ability to transmit and practice values of equality, fairness, respect and ethics with all staff and clients.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with the domestic and sexual violence staff.
  • Ability to participate in ongoing professional development.
  • Ability to work with people different from self


Candidate must have an MSW, or equivalent with a minimum of one year experience doing trauma work, and/or providing domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy and counseling.  Knowledge of child development and effects of domestic and sexual violence.  Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in social work and sufficient relevant experience may be considered. Must have a car and valid driver’s license. Ability to work evenings. Ability to lift 20 pounds.

Please respond by Friday, May 1, 2015 via email at JoanieW@indhouse.net, fax 508-778-0143 or mail to:
Joanie Waldron, Director of Operations & Personnel
Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601

Independence House values diversity and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunities Employer,

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Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane


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