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


Role Overview

Job Title: Housing Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Location: Lewisham or Kingston, London

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 Housing Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) who is passionate about supporting women and children who are impacted by domestic violence. This is a new and exciting role in Refuge, the post holder will be embedded within borough housing teams to facilitate the dual working that will ensure that survivors’ safety and housing needs are met. Post holder will be based within housing teams for three days a week, to help facilitate.

  • Close working relationships with Housing colleagues.
  • Provision of specialist knowledge relating to DA for Housing Officers and Homelessness Teams to draw on.
  • Specialist support for survivors at the moment of crisis.
  • Provision of advocacy; supporting survivors to access safe accommodation.
  • Ongoing support from the IDVA from wider DA service, including access to group clinical supervision, casework management meetings, reflective practice sessions, one-to-one supervision from service manager.

This recognises that many survivors will approach housing at moments of crisis when they are either considering fleeing or have already fled. The housing IDVA will carry a caseload of survivors and their children that require additional support, also will work closely with victims of domestic abuse from the point of crisis, to provide high quality independent advocacy and support to survivors of domestic abuse at the highest risk and their children.

In this role you will empower survivors by providing them with emotional, practical and personal welfare support. They will ensure that survivors are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment, enabling them to access their rights, make decisions and increase their life options. The job involves informing survivors of the full range of civil, criminal and practical options that might increase their safety.


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 20 June 2022 at 09.00 am

Virtual Interview Date: Monday 27 June 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, these posts are restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

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Refreshed on: 19 May 2022
Closed date: 19 June 2022 at 23:30
Job ref: 0742b
Tags: Social Care/Development, Housing Management

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