Health IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate)

Victim Support
London (Greater)
10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Victim Support is looking for a part time Health IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) based in Bromley.

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales. We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and respect they deserve.

The main purpose of this role is to provide a high quality pro-active service for victims of domestic violence and abuse; assessing those at highest risk, safety planning and providing crisis intervention, appropriate support and advocacy in order to minimise the risks posed to service users and their children.

The successful candidate will manage a caseload of high risk clients; working within a multi-agency framework of MARAC partners and other agencies to manage and minimise risk, support clients through the criminal justice system where applicable and to provide follow up support until the risks have been reduced sufficiently for the case to be referred or signposted for longer term ongoing support.

The successful candidate must have experience of working directly with victims of domestic abuse, experience of advocacy and support work. You will have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of victims of domestic abuse and the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children. You will also have a detailed knowledge of working practices of statutory agencies (particularly health), the work of MARACs and a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and relevant court orders.

You will have excellent listening and communication skills; including confidence in terms of giving presentations and training. You will be able to work under pressure; capable of managing, prioritising and organising a demanding caseload. You will work effectively both independently and within a team setting. You will be committed to providing a high quality service for victims and promoting equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion.

Appointments will be subject to satisfactory checks made by the Disclosure and Barring Service, as well as usual references.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification as (s). In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.

If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role.

If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

Victim Support takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. Diversity matters and we value it.

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