Southall, Greater London (On-site)
£26,000 - £29,000 per year depending on qualification and experience
Contract, 1 year with possibility of extension, Full-time
Job description

About the Role

SBS is looking for 2 experienced Independent Domestic Violence Advocates to join our dynamic team in Southall to provide high-quality advice, support, and advocacy services to victims of domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence, including forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse, so-called honour crimes, and related issues such as immigration, asylum, and No Recourse to Public Funds.

You will assist women to access support under various destitution schemes, promote social inclusion, encourage independence, and develop the personal resilience of women using our advocacy service.

Working within a multi-agency framework, you will ensure women’s needs are met by encouraging engagement with a range of SBS and external services, keeping service users at the heart of all service delivery.

About You

You will need a strong commitment to tackling all forms of violence against women and children, and to fighting for the freedoms and rights of women and girls.

You will have a sound understanding of the practical, emotional, social, and economic issues facing Black and minoritised women affected by domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, and knowledge of the range of options available to survivors of domestic abuse including safe housing, criminal justice, and civil remedies.

You will have a CAADA/Safelives/Womens’ Aid IDVA/DAPA qualification, or be willing to undertake such training to ensure SBS provides the highest quality advocacy and casework to its service users.

About Southall Black Sisters

Originally set up in 1979, Southall Black Sisters (SBS) has established itself as an iconic organisation based in West London, but with a national reach and reputation for its landmark legal interventions, its contributions to changes in policy for the benefit of Black and minoritised women, and its unique approach to casework and advocacy.

In 1983, we set up a not for profit, advice, campaigning, resource, and advocacy centre for Black and minoritised women, defending women’s rights and freedoms, with a particular focus on challenging all forms of violence against South Asian women. SBS’ casework has highlighted flaws in community and state responses to Black and minoritised women and children and, alongside other BME organisations, we have developed a specialism in meeting the needs of Black and minoritised women and children that have been subjected to violence and abuse.

You will be joining a dynamic team of inspiring women, whose work empowers thousands of women worldwide to assert their fundamental human rights to justice, equality and freedom.

Working at Southall Black Sisters

Southall Black Sisters recognises that the nature of its work can be emotionally challenging, and is committed to maintaining a supportive working environment where team members feel valued, empowered, and safe. To that end, our employees benefit from:

  • 25 days of annual leave (pro rata) excluding Bank Holidays, increasing by 1 additional day per completed year of service up to a maximum of 30 days
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, including access to confidential support from MBACP therapists to help you to deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, physical/mental health, or general wellbeing
  • Clinical supervision with an MBACP therapist to explore difficult issues arising from casework
  • A focus on continued learning and development through accredited training delivered by experts in their field
  • A 3% employer pension contribution

Due to the nature of our work, this post is open to Black and South Asian women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1). 

More about Southall Black Sisters

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Refreshed on: 28 January 2022
Closed date: 12 February 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
Tags: Advocacy