Portsmouth, Portsmouth
£22,221 per year
Contract, Part-time, 18.5 hours per week
Job description

Are you a compassionate individual who would like to offer support to victims and survivors of sexual violence?

Have you got some experience of supporting individuals who have experienced sexual violence and abuse, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity?

Then we want to hear from you!

Who are we?

Aurora New Dawn is a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence. Since 2011, we have offered safety, support, advocacy, and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking. We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, delivering a variety of services across Hampshire and beyond.

Job Outline:

As an ISVA you will provide high quality, proactive (non- therapeutic) support to victims of sexual violence (aged 18+), particularly through the criminal justice process.  You will assess each client’s individual needs, inform them about their options, support them in accessing relevant services, and keep them informed about the progress of their case. You will work within a multi-agency framework, working alongside a variety of other professionals to ensure that your clients get the support and information they need.

Core Duties include:

  1. Providing both face to face and telephone support to those who have experienced sexual violence.
  2. Managing a case load ensuring that each client receives the appropriate service individual to their needs, both at the time of crisis and in the longer term, to include:
  • Identifying the support needs of each individual client via a holistic assessment process.
  • Providing information and support, with a focus on enabling your clients to make informed choices about the options available to them.
  • Supporting your clients through the criminal justice process, including support and attendance at court, as required.
  • Advocating on behalf of your clients with other agencies as required, maintaining an independent role, and ensuring that their needs remain central at all times.
  • Working within a multi-agency framework, and liaising with other statutory and voluntary agencies.


What we’re looking for:

We are looking for someone with:

  • Experience of working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence, whether in a paid or voluntary capacit
  • An excellent understanding of sexual violence, including the impact on victims, their families and their children.Knowledge of civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of sexual violence.
  • An understanding of safeguarding issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills - both written and verbal - when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals.
  • Good Crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations.
  • Use of a vehicle and a full, clean, UK driving license. Please note: due to the nature of the post it is an essential requirement that applicants are able to drive.

Additional information:  

Details of how to apply can be found via our website. 

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This post is usually based in Portsmouth. Some remote/home working is temporarily in place due to COVID-19, with office space available for those who cannot work remotely. Please note: Staff are required to attend the office as directed, dependant on the needs of the service, including during their induction period. 

We support clients across Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport. As such, regular local travel will be required. Please note: use of your own vehicle is an essential requirement of this post.

This is a fixed term contract, until 31st March 2022. Continuation will be dependent on funding.

*Please note: This post is open to Female applicants only, as a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010

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Aurora New Dawn

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Refreshed on: 02 January 2021
Closed date: 22 January 2021
Job ref: ISVA
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker

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