||Independent Domestic Violence Advocate - Housing
|Hours per week:||37.5 hours per week|
|Contract type:||Fixed Term Contract|
|Contract duration:||Until March 2020|
||£24,360 - £26,999 per annum
Do you think it is a national disgrace that in England and Wales, two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner? Or that one woman in every four will experience domestic violence at some point during her life?
Do you want to work for an organisation that provides a voice for abused women, and plays a vital role in ensuring that life-saving services are in place to support them? If so, then the role of Independent Domestic Violence Advocate may be perfect for you.
The independent domestic violence advocate will work closely with victims of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, from the point of crisis, to provide high quality independent advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence at the highest risk and their children.
The job involves working within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership protocols and procedures that prioritise the safety of survivors.
The post holder will empower survivors by providing them with emotional, practical and personal welfare support. The job involves ensuring that women are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment and enabling them to access their rights, make decisions and increase their life options.
The job also involves informing survivors of the full range of civil, criminal and practical options that might increase their safety.
As well as supporting clients, the IDVA will strengthen partnership working to improve the housing response to domestic abuse survivors, act as a source of expertise for the preventing homeless improving lives (PHIL) team and partner PHIL at external awareness raising sessions.
|Essential Skills or Experience:||
The successful candidate will have significant proven experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence. You will understand the legal system in how it relates to survivors of domestic violence, and have strong communication skills to deliver presentations and reports to stakeholders effectively. An ability to work independently and prioritise a busy workload is essential.
|Benefits:||28 days annual leave, Peoples Pension|
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpins all of our work.
Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. We offer the first Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited qualification for our profession. Other benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.
Salary Range: £24,360 - £26,999 per annum
Closing date: 21 March 2019
Interview date: TBC
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.
Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is however restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
No agencies please - as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.
£24,360 - £26,999 per annum
£24,360 - £26,999 per annum
Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Chiswick, West London in 1971. Since then the charity has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day, its national network of services supports over 6,800 women and children. Committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety, Refuge aims to empower women and children rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear.