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The Montgomery Area Family Violence Program, Inc. (Family Sunshine Center) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Please send resumes to:

Personnel Director

P.O. Box 5160

Montgomery, AL 36103

or email info@familysunshine.org

Applications will not be accepted after the listed closing date.


Development Director

This position will assume the responsibilities of running an established and comprehensive fund-raising program within a seven county service area. Responsibilities include preparation of funding proposals, annual giving, oversight of special events, planned giving, foundation requests and other solicitation materials as needed. The position will also direct the development program, oversee the marketing function and supervise the Outreach and Prevention program. Moreover, the job demands ongoing creative energy to annually expand and refresh methods of increasing funds for the mission. Qualifications for the job include any combination of training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in marketing, communication, public administration or a related field. Excellent benefits. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license and current automobile liability insurance.


Relief House Manager

Provides facility coverage to ensure security of clients and shelter.  Admits and discharges clients. Completes forms, checks rooms, and completes exit interviews.  Answers the crisis line, assesses emergency status of callers and makes appropriate referrals.  Monitors completion of household chores.  Assures all food items are available for meals and snacks.  Completes initial intake for new clients.  Issues needed supplies.  Assists in keeping closets organized.  Provides clients with empathetic listening to increase client’s self-awareness, reduce dependency and improve self-esteem. High school diploma and experience in a residential facility and/or social service agency.    


Student Intern Program

Student interns are placed at the Family Sunshine Center through partnerships with area universities and colleges. Internships are available on a limited basis. While interns typically are studying social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and psychology, other programs are considered. The application process is the same as for general volunteers. Please apply early because slots fill up quickly. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 206-2128 or via EMAIL  **Selections have been made for the Fall 2016 semester.**


Children's Therapist Full-Time

Provides assessments and treatment services for children and family program clients both at the clinic and in identified schools. Works closely with project partners to maximize services to children, adolescents and their families who experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and physical abuse and neglect. Works closely with Montgomery Public Schools and Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority to triage treatment for children and adolescents in need of trauma evidenced-based services. Participates in Partner And Consumer Advisory Team meetings. Participates in Helping Montgomery Families Initiative and identified schools weekly multi-disciplinary teams and/or staff meetings as needed. Participates in training (state, local, national, webinar) as required and provides training and resource development to Partners and community. Participates in implementing required data collection, evaluations, and reporting requirements.

Master's degree in counseling or social work. Appropriate licensure required, ALC, LPC, LGSW. Demonstrated knowledge of trauma related to family violence and sexual assault and experience counseling all ages of children. Knowledge of child development, family systems, and a variety of treatment approaches. Experience with CF-CBT. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license and automobile liability insurance.




Myths & Facts


  • Victims are masochistic or crazy
  • Minority-group women are battered more frequently than Anglos
  • Religious beliefs will prevent battering
  • Batterers are violent in all their relationships
  • Batterers are unsuccessful and lack resources to cope with the world
  • Drinking or drug use causes battering behavior
  • Batterers have psychopathic personalities
  • The batterer is not a loving partner
  • A batterer also beats his children
  • Once a batterer, always a batterer
  • Battered women deserve to get beaten
  • Battered women can always leave home
  • Batterers will cease their violence "when we get married"
  • Children need their father even if he is violent
  • Middle-class women do not get battered as frequently or as violently as do working-class women
  • Battered women are uneducated and have few job skills
  • Men are not victims of domestic violence


What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Domestic violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior and is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

Fast Facts

  • One in every four women and one in every nine men will experience violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Sexual Assault & Stalking

  • One in six women and one in thirty-three men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
  • Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships.
  • One in twelve women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.
  • 81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner; 31% are also sexually assaulted by that partner.

Homicide & Injury

  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims who are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
  • Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.

Economic Impact

The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.

Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence.

There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion.

Taken from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Web site www.ncadv.org

Power & Control Wheel

Abuse of another person is a choice.
In the case of domestic violence, the Power and Control Wheel represents a tool box of devices perpetrators may use to gain power and control over another person. Physical abuse is only one part of a system of abusive behaviors that repeat in a cycle of abuse.
Abuse is never a one time event.

This chart uses the wheel to show the relationship of physical abuse to other forms of abuse. Each part shows a way to control or gain power.

PO Box 5160, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5160      334.206.2100