Community Advocacy Services expand to serve victims of domestic and sexual violence

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NYFS is proud to announce the addition of two new Community Advocate positions to better serve our clients and community. Funding for the positions comes from a grant from the Office of Justice Programs and enables NYFS to better serve victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. One advocate will focus on youth victims of general crime, domestic, and sexual violence, another will serve adult domestic and sexual violence victims, and both will collaborate with Morgan Merritt, our adult community advocate. Over 75% of NYFS clients have reported a history of domestic and sexual violence, so we are thrilled to offer specialized care to our current clients and those in need in the community.

“NYFS is excited to fill an important geographic gap in Domestic and Sexual Violence Services with our new programming,” says NYFS President and CEO Angela Lewis-Dmello. “Our mission is all about accessing care – and specialized advocacy and therapeutic services for victim-survivors will ensure that those with the greatest need can easily access high-quality care from specialized providers.”

Staff are already preparing for this expansion. Hiring for the new positions will begin in early 2024 and direct services for clients of all ages will start soon after. Full job descriptions can be found here.

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