£26,641 per year
Contract, 31 March 2022, Full-time
Job description

Role Overview 

Job Title: Independent Domestic Violence Advocate - Housing x 2 (Fixed Term)

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: £26,641 per annum

Contract type: Fixed term till 31st March 2022

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. 


The independent domestic abuse advocate will improve awareness and understanding amongst Housing Associations of domestic abuse and related support, policies and processes. They will train and provide ongoing support to Housing Association employees to enable staff at all levels to be able to effectively talk to their tenants about domestic abuse, provide early identification and offer appropriate referral pathways for survivors of domestic abuse aged 16 years and over. 

The post holder will work in partnership with local Housing Associations in improving strategic and operational links and joint working. 

The post holder will be based within housing association teams; carry a caseload of survivors and their children that require additional support. They 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.

They 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.

Essential Skills or Experience

The successful candidate will have significant proven experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence. You will understand the legal system in how it relates to survivors of domestic violence. You will also have strong communication skills to and have demonstrable experience of developing, delivering and evaluating training. An ability to work independently and prioritise a busy workload is essential.

All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality which underpin all of our work. Successful applicants will be expected to work within Refuge’s Values and Behaviour Framework and demonstrate these in their everyday work.


Refuge offers: a competitive salary with annual progression within points of the salary grade; 28 days annual leave increasing to 30 days; clinical supervision for all front line staff a pension scheme that includes a 6% employer contribution; as well as a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

Other information

Closing Date: Monday 8th November 2021 at 9:00am 

Interview Date:Friday 12th November 2021

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. This post however 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.

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Refreshed on: 02 November 2021
Closed date: 08 November 2021
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Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker

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