Position at Northwestern District Attorney's Office



The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office (NWDAO) serves the people of Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol. In partnership with the communities it serves, the NWDAO is dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice, and the protection of the public through fair and effective prosecutions and progressive prevention initiatives. Although the primary responsibility of the Office is prosecuting crime, we also have a strong focus on progressive education and prevention efforts in the areas of domestic & sexual violence, child abuse, juvenile justice, elders and persons with disabilities, and consumer protection. We are the law office of the People and are steadfast guardians of the rights and liberties of every citizen. We advocate for making our communities safer and stronger, while protecting civil rights and promoting social and racial justice.

POSITION SUMMARY: Lead two high risk teams (HRT) – one in Hampshire County and one in Franklin County – to identify, monitor and contain high risk offenders of intimate partner violence and increase victim safety.


  • Identify high risk domestic violence offenders (HRO), with agreed upon criteria (repeat offenders, etc.), in consultation with HRT

  • Maintain list of HROs, with each file containing a HRO summary and Individual Plan (e.g. GPS, safety checks, drive-bys, etc.) with HRT recommendations

  • Respond to referrals from outside agencies, in consultation with HRT, utilizing confidentiality standards

  • Collect police reports, criminal records and relevant information on each referred offender in order to make informed presentation to HRT

  • Communicate with team members such as police and probation in preparation for team meeting

  • Facilitate a monthly meeting, one in each county, to review any new referrals and to review the list to further assess risk and develop Individualized Plans

  • Prioritize new DV cases, in consultation with Unit Chief and Director, V/W Advocate, police and ADAs, and distribute updated list weekly to V/W advocates; fax file information to court as needed

  • Provide list to probation so they can inform HRO that he/she has been identified as high risk

  • Identify and update files, including scanned folders for prosecutors, and inform ADA when HRO is charged with another crime

  • Maintain the “watch list” and “pending list” to identify any new offenses which result in a case that needs to be brought forward to the team

  • Review monthly Board of Probation records and review police reports on any new warrant, and update file summary

  • Communicate with House of Correction (HOC) and the Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program regarding referrals and updates

  • Communicate with Probate Court Family Service Officers to identify HROs

  • Establish protocols for dispatchers and state/local police to flag HRO’s

  • Fast track cases by initiating emergency protocol when needed

  • Train court staff, police, VSPs, family service officers and first responders in high risk danger assessment/referrals and non-fatal strangulation

  • Provide ongoing consultation and support to community service agencies

  • Convene quarterly HRT Advisory Board for ongoing consultation and expertise from community service agencies

  • Complete grant progress reports as required by the Office on Violence Against Women


  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • Experience in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence;

  • Knowledge of dynamics of abuse specifically related to domestic violence and sexual assault;

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to successfully foster strong partnership team;

  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and patiently in-person and on the phone to a diverse population;

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and multi-task;

  • Must be able to demonstrate professional discretion and maintain confidentiality at all times;

  • Experience working with law enforcement and/or courts preferred;

  • Spanish fluency a plus.

SALARY: $49,000 annually.


The NWDAO is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees.

The overall benefits available include: Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave Time; Health, Dental and Vision Insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission; and a pre-tax Health Savings Account optional plan. In addition, the NWDAO provides employees the opportunity to elect Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Deferred Compensation Savings, Tuition Remission, along with other programs.

NWDAO employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from state service.

The NWDAO provides the ability for new full-time employees to accrue two weeks of paid vacation leave per year, up to five personal days of leave per year (depending upon the quarter of the year that one’s employment begins), twelve recognized state / federal paid holidays, and the opportunity to accrue up to 9.375 hours of paid sick leave per month.

This position is one which is eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is committed to cultivating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and all employees feel valued, respected, and engaged. We strive to have a staff diverse in culture, background, and perspective. We afford equal opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, military status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, handicap/disability, gender, gender identity, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected class. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that staff can bring to our District Attorney office.


Applicants must submit cover letter, resume and Employment Application Form (form located under the “Employment & Internships” tab at www.northwesternda.org) to martha.murphy.kane@mass.gov. Candidates are encouraged to visit the NWDAO website at www.northwesternda.org to learn more about the work of the office.