Through These Doors, Domestic Violence Advocate; Open to Tufts University School of Medicine (Maine)

Monday, June 6th from 12:00am to Friday, July 29th, 2022 12:00am (ET)
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About

This position is open to students from Tufts University School of Medicine only.

Through These Doors
For more information: https://www.throughthesedoors.org/

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
Through These Doors' Mission Statement
In collaboration with local partners and all affected by abuse, TTD's mission is to create innovative responses, mobilize our community, promote safety, and challenge oppression and systems of violence.

Through These Doors' Values
Collective Action - As leaders in violence prevention and response, we catalyze community action and organizing to end oppression and violence.

Trauma-Informed Response - We recognize the many forms of trauma experienced by individuals and communities. We respond with empathy, compassion, and respect for self-determination.

Intentional Inclusivity - We celebrate the experiences of people of all ages and identities. We center the needs and voices of marginalized groups in our programs, services, and practices.

Authentic Connection - We engage in meaningful relationships that affirm the whole person, honoring our interdependence with each other and our environment.

Community Accountability - We call on community members, partners, leaders, and ourselves to respond, repair, and prevent the damage caused by violence.

How Our Work Addresses Issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
At TTD, we recognize that the specific focus of our work - domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and stalking - is deeply connected to all other work aiming to dismantle systems of oppression and violence. We acknowledge and honor the intersectionality of each survivor and believe that we cannot work to undo the damage of and work to prevent future gender-based violence without also working to end racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, and more.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
A Tisch Fellow placed with Through These Doors (TTD) will be immersed in our work of advocacy for victims and survivors of domestic violence through a combination of training, independent study, supervision, and observation. The fellow will be asked to explore the dynamics of abuse, the cultural roots of violence and oppression, best practices of trauma-responsive services, and the core components of social change advocacy. Using their learning as a foundation, a fellow will assist in our work of community education and prevention. In particular, TTD is seeking a fellow who can assist a) in the development of training content and materials specifically designed for professionals in healthcare/medical settings around the topics of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking, and/or b) in the development of training content and materials specifically focused on children and youth, including the impact of domestic violence on children.

If available during the time frame, a fellow would have the opportunity to take part in our core advocacy training, which would prepare and allow them to provide direct service and support to survivors and their families.

As our work often changes (even in non-pandemic times), a Tisch fellow placed with TTD will be most successful if they are flexible, eager to learn, and willing to adjust work expectations and tasks as need be. In addition, there is the opportunity and hope that a Tisch fellow would continue to support the work of TTD as a volunteer after the summer fellowship has ended.

To succeed in this role at TTD, a fellow should:

- Have curiosity and eagerness to learn;
- Be able to work independently;
- Have satisfactory responses from government agencies to required background checks;
- Have a sensitivity to the issues of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, human trafficking, and stalking;
- Have effective written and verbal communication skills
- Be proficient in Microsoft Suite, including PowerPoint;
- Have basic computer competency.

Our work and training are founded on the principle that intimate partner and family violence is an expression of oppression and power and control. Any survivor can - and often is - face multiple layers of societal oppression that impact their resources, options, and choices. To quote Audre Lorde, survivors and advocates "cannot afford the luxury of fighting one form of oppression only." Any training content and materials developed by the fellow will be expected to incorporate this foundational understanding of the root of intimate partner violence. If the fellow also has the opportunity to provide direct service advocacy to survivors in our catchment area, they will walk alongside, support, and guide people in their own fight for justice.

Position requires: Criminal Background Check; Child Abuse and Neglect Record Check; National Sex Offender Registry Check; Debarment and Suspension Check

Applicants to this position may address cover letters to Heather Biggar, Director of Community Education and Prevention.
Registration
Opens Dec 14, 2021 12:01pm
Registration Closes
Feb 14, 2022 11:59pm or when space runs out.
Supervisor(s)
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Timeframe
Summer
Credit
No