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Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate

Advance Charity
£27,000 - £30,000 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Housing & Homelessness
Full Time
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Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate
Hammersmith, London

About Us

Advance is a well-respected, award-winning, and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending.

We’re currently looking for a Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate to join our team on a full-time basis and provide advice and support to survivors of domestic violence.

The Benefits

- Salary of £27,000 - £30,000 per annum
- Pension
- 30 days’ holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays
- A day off for International Women’s Day
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
- Various forms of well-being support and access to our Wellness platform
- Perk Box
- Organisation wide Away Days
- Enhanced Maternity benefits (full pay) for up to 12 weeks

If you have experience of supporting women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage or ‘honour-based violence’, come and join our team and use your expertise to positively impact our service users.

Using your quick thinking and calm demeanour, you will have the chance to work with a variety of women and support them on their journey towards improved safety.

We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives and you will play a key role in helping us deliver vital services to those who need them the most.

The Role

As a Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate, you will provide intervention, advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence.

Working within a fast-paced team, you will help empower women and ensure that the voice of survivors informs every stage of their journey towards improved safety.

You will have your own caseload of survivors who hold social tenancies with local authorities or housing associations and you will encourage them to engage with our service and ensure they have access to support. You will also co-ordinate the provision of multi-agency support which focuses on working with domestic abuse survivors to maintain their tenancies and prevent homelessness.

About You

To join us as a Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate, you will need:

- Solid experience of supporting women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage or ‘honour-based violence’
- Experience of risk and needs assessment, safety and support planning, particularly with clients with complex/multiple needs
- Experience of crisis management and successfully managing high numbers of calls and/or caseloads
- A good understanding of violence against women and girls with a particular focus on the dynamics of domestic violence (physical, emotional and sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based violence’, forced marriage, stalking and harassment) and its impact on women, children, families and communities
- The ability to network, influence, problem-solve and apply solution-focused approaches to increase access and safety and facilitate positive outcomes for women and children
- An understanding of the criminal justice system and relevant legislation with particular regard to legal and civil options, housing, benefits, matrimonial and children
- A good knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures and legislation
- Good report writing skills, including preparing reports for courts, case conferences and information for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACS)
- Good data collection, monitoring and IT skills
- A relevant qualification or training, for example in domestic violence, criminal justice, law, social work, substance misuse or related area

Ideally, you will have skills and experience in conducting comprehensive assessments of needs and risks for survivors experiencing domestic violence including carrying out short risk management and safety planning.

The ability to Initiate and manage support plans either face-to-face or over the phone would be beneficial, as would experience in advising survivors of their rights and options for seeking help and support from other agencies.

Experience in assessing the needs and safety of any children that women using the service may have would be equally advantageous, as would the flexibility to work as part of Advance’s duty team on a rota basis which will involve completing intake assessments and providing crisis intervention support.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check for this role.

Other organisations may call this role Domestic Violence Advocate, Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate (IDVA), Case Worker, Crisis Worker – Domestic Abuse, or Housing Support Worker.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community.

Please note, any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK.

The closing date for applications is the 29th May 2022.

So, if you’re seeking a new opportunity to make an impact as a Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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