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Lewisham, Greater London (On-site)
£27,948 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Role Overview

Job Title: Health Independent Gender Violence Advocate (IGVA)

Location: Lewisham

Salary: £27,948 per annum

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week

Refuge is the UK’s largest provider of specialist services, and we are proud to be a leader in our field and an employer of choice, with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. 

We are recruiting for a Health Independent Gender Violence Advocate (IGVA) who will provide high quality independent advocacy and support to survivors of gender-based violence at the highest risk and their children, with a focus on clients who have additional vulnerabilities due to health concerns. 

In this role you will work closely with other agencies from the health sector in identifying training needs and delivering training to help increase confidence and competence on recognising risk factors and responding appropriately within VAWG strands.


  • Developing effective referral routes across several health departments.
  • Identifying opportunities to developing and delivering training.
  • Working closely with other health care professionals addressing specific health care needs of survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Working with a rolling caseload of up to 30 clients.
  • Assessing all referrals to prioritise the risk, needs and safety of clients and their children.
  • Informing survivors of the full range of civil, criminal and practical options that might increase their safety and working with them to maximise effectiveness of chosen options.
  • Advocating, both verbally and in writing, in a range of settings including in civil and criminal proceedings and with criminal justice professionals.
  • Taking part on the service’s helpline to respond to professionals and clients for advice and support on a rota with the wider team.

Essential Skills or Experience

  • Experience of providing direct emotional and practical support to survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Strong casework management skills.
  • Knowledge of the relevant housing, criminal, civil and welfare rights legislation.
  • Experience of identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Understanding of issues relating to the safeguarding of children.
  • Good written and verbal communication with the ability to effectively advocate for clients with other professional such as housing, social services, health professionals.
  • Ability to speak confidently to a group of professionals.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and impact domestic violence, abuse and other forms of violence can cause, and how best to support survivors.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to use own initiative.
  • A commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality.

Desirable Skills or Experience

  • SafeLives qualification.
  • Experience of attending court in a professional capacity.
  • Experience of providing training to professionals.
  • Experience of working within a health setting.


Refuge offers a variety of exciting opportunities to learn, develop and grow in your career. We recognise the value everyone brings to the organisation to achieve our aims and are dedicated to developing and rewarding our staff. More details of our benefits can be found in Job Information Pack.

Other information

Closing Date: Monday 23 May 2022 at 09.00 am

Interview Date: Friday 27 May 2022

An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.

Refuge is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. However, this post is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

More about REFUGE

At Refuge, we believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. On any given day Refuge supports almost 6,000 clients, hel... Read more

Posted on: 02 May 2022
Closing date: 23 May 2022 at 09:00
Job ref: 0695a
Tags: Social Care/Development,Social Work

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