In 2019, STOPDV implemented Arkansas’s first Domestic Violence (DV) Court to help survivors of domestic violence navigate through the court system while providing advocacy and legal assistance to improve outcomes for survivors and their children, while holding offenders accountable.
The Crisis Intervention Specialist II is the first point of contact for survivors of domestic violence to petition for Orders of Protection in Faulkner County. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to providing:
At STOPDV, our interns experience the court project and non-profit world as a whole. They participate in meetings, attend both criminal and civil court hearings, and each get assigned a special project that they work on throughout the duration of their internship. We accept interns that are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs, and though a specific major is not required, we typically look for those of psychology, sociology, or anthropology disciplines. College credit can potentially be earned for completing our internship program.
STOPDV is always looking for new volunteers! Our volunteers have helped with tasks such as putting together comfort packs, creating and delivering medical outreach signs, connecting STOPDV with the community and much more! Being a non-profit, our volunteers are essential to keep STOPDV operations running smoothly. Many of our past interns have enjoyed their time working with STOPDV so much, they too come back to volunteer!
For more information on how to apply for our internship program, or volunteer for STOPDV, please contact Amy Johnson, our Internship/Volunteer Coordinator & Crisis Intervention Specialist.
"STOPDV has a great mission and a different kind of advocacy than what we usually see for this population. I’m grateful to have the chance to be a part of it and work with the awesome team that keeps things running!"
"Prior to my internship with STOPDV, I was not informed of there being a specialized area within the courts specifically for helping navigate victims through the court systems. What was also interesting was seeing how STOPDV works to make sure people are given the resources they need in order to combat the difficulties they are facing. STOPDV has allowed me to learn and gain more information on the concepts of domestic violence through research from helping with the social media to meeting and experiencing the situations in real time with those who walk through the door."
"Prior to my internship with STOPDV, I had no idea there was an organization that specifically helped domestic violence victims navigate the complexities of the court system, especially in Arkansas. Upon hearing this, I immediately knew this was something I wanted to be apart of, and I am eternally grateful that I reached out to them. The team at STOPDV is endlessly passionate about their work, and their heart is at the center of what they do. It really makes one feel like they are actively making a difference in their community, and their efforts at STOPDV go far beyond just serving Conway. My internship at STOPDV has been an amazing opportunity and I have truly learned so much in the short time I've been here. As someone who hopes to enter the social work field relatively soon, my time at STOPDV has made me want to continue my work within the area of domestic violence. I am so grateful for everyone at STOPDV and for allowing me to have such an informative and genuinely life changing experience!"
"STOPDV was an amazing opportunity for me to get better understand the court system while also helping people in immediate need of relief. It was a great experience that inspired me to be more involved in volunteer work in the future. Working alongside such inspirational and hardworking people made me hopeful for the future of domestic violence awareness.
Overall, this experience better prepared me for my future career endeavors by equipping me with many new skills, including crisis intervention. I am so thankful for the role models and mentors I met at STOPDV."
"Working as an intern for STOPDV has not only furthered my knowledge of the civil and criminal court processes, but has also helped me to understand just how essential agencies like STOPDV are to the community at-large and in helping educate those government facilities that need it. I realized a long time ago that no matter what I did in life, I wanted to help people; after working here, I can honestly say that my passion for wanting to help those in need— to show others that there are people who still care— that flame, has not and will never go away. This internship has helped me to strengthen my skills and use them not only to get to where I want to be in life but to truly make a difference in the lives of others along the way."
"I love volunteering with STOPDV because I have so many opportunities to help others and make a difference in the community. I have overseen and administered a special project for STOPDV, along with attending meetings, and helping out with other projects that the STOPDV team have administered. I am looking forward to more projects and opportunities that STOPDV have in store for me and I am so ecstatic about the opportunities still to come for this exceptional nonprofit."
"STOPDV has taken my aspirations as a future social worker and transformed them into a reality. I am consistently amazed by the leaders who started this court project and their efforts, and that is a huge reason why I volunteer. Overall, this experience has paved the way for my future career in advocating for the justice of our community."
"Being an intern at STOPDV really opened my eyes to what domestic violence is. I have grown a passion for working with these victims, especially working on the legal side of domestic violence. I would have never known the impact attorneys and advocates could have on survivors had it not been for my time at STOPDV. Working here has better prepared me for my journey to law school and my career as a lawyer."
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