Description –  

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office seeks a full-time Victim Witness Advocate (VWA).  The VWA is responsible for providing crisis assessment and intervention, information and referrals and court advocacy services to victims, witnesses and their families throughout the criminal justice system.  This position reports to the Director of Victim Witness Assistance Unit.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County.  The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, juvenile courts, MA Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.  The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit, Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force and local police departments.  A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone, especially the most vulnerable.

Functions of the VWA

The MA Bill of Rights (M.G.L. C 258B) establishes rights and services for crime victims to ensure they have a meaningful role in the criminal justice system.  Crime can significantly impact a victim’s safety, emotional and physical health, and financial security as they navigate the complex and often intimidating criminal justice system.

The VWA works on behalf of victims and witnesses, serving as a member of the prosecution team and work in partnership with ADAs, police, investigators, and other staff.  VWAs build relationships with both criminal justice and community based stakeholders to ensure victims’ access to information, assistance and support.


  • Must have empathy and compassion for victims/witnesses of crimes
  • Provide victims with informational written material/brochures explaining their rights in compliance with the Victims’ Bill of Rights
  • Provide victims with information about appropriate community resources for counseling, health and protective services, and crime victim compensation
  • Provide outreach, education and training to service providers and community groups regarding victimization, victim rights, victim/witness services and the criminal justice system
  • Learn about the needs of vulnerable populations in Berkshire County, existing disparities in the criminal justice & social service systems and working towards meeting these unique needs, while upholding the best potential access & equity to service delivery
  • Must be able to perform in a fast-paced environment while being detail oriented and self motivated
  • Communicate with Assistant District Attorneys, Law Enforcement, Court Personnel, and Administrative Support in a professional manner
  • Consult with ADAs throughout the case and ensure the victims’ input is heard
  • Maintain organized files, prepare correspondence & use a database to obtain information regarding cases
  • Engage in ongoing education & professional networking to maintain a high level of knowledge in legal developments, trauma informed practices, and community resources


Bachelor’s degree (may substitute lived experience for education requirement)

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail

Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities in a fast-paced environment

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Strong personal character & be able to handle sensitive and confidential information.

Working knowledge of the criminal justice system (will train the right candidate)

Interest in public service

Bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply

Salary:  $42,000 – $52,000 annually (commensurate with experience)


All full time positions offer a state benefit package that includes medical/dental/vision insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement plans, and paid vacation, personal and sick leave and paid parental leave. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background check. All positions serve at the pleasure of the District Attorney. 

Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is an EEO Employer with a firm commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring practices.



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