Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Male Independent Domestic Violence Advisor to join the Medium Risk Domestic Abuse team based in Shoreham by Sea, Sussex working 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday. The role offers hybrid working with two days office-based in Shoreham and three days working from home.
Please note, this post is open to applicants who identify as being Male only, as this is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010.
Do you want to make a difference every day? Do you want to contribute to change & improvement for those who need it? Do you have resilience & adaptability? Can you work effectively with a focus on trauma-informed support and care?
If yes, then we'd love to hear from you…
What we offer:
At Victim Support we believe in attracting & retaining the best people and offer a competitive rewards & benefits package including:
- Flexible working options including hybrid working
- 28 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, rising to 33 days plus Bank Holidays
- An extra day off for your birthday
- Pension with 5% employer contribution
- Enhanced sick pay allowances, maternity & paternity payments
- High Street, retail, holiday, entertainment & leisure discounts
- Access to our financial wellbeing hub & salary deducted finance
- Employee assistance programme & wellbeing support
- Ongoing training & support with opportunities for career development & progression
About the Role:
This role offers hybrid working between our office in Shoreham and home. You will need to meet regularly with clients across West and East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove & attend the office for team meetings, training, supervisions and other meetings.
As an IDVA you will:
- Support the empowerment of the survivor, assiting them to recognising the features & dynamics of domestic abuse
- Hold a caseload of varying complexity, providing a pro-active, short to medium term crisis intervention service
- Conduct needs & risk assessments to provide individual safety plans, advocacy, practical support & information
- Participate in the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- Use a person-centred, survivor-focused approach
- Collaberate closely with colleagues to create meaningful pathways of engagement for survivors
- Work in partnership outside agencies to ensure that victims' & survivors' needs are met
- Assist in delivering training, and provide consultancy and advice to other agencies as required
You will need:
- A thorough understanding domestic abuse & its impact
- Knowledge of risk assessment, safety planning & risk management
- An understanding of safeguarding issues
- Experience of delivering services to survivors of domestic abuse and/or other vulnerable people
- Experience of working within a multi-agency and legislative framework
- Experience of managing a complex caseload, prioritising work effectively
- Knowledge of criminal and civil justice remedies
- The ability to facilitate groups
Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.
Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity providing a range of specialist services to people who have been affected by crime across England and Wales. We work towards a world where there are fewer victims but who have stronger rights, better support and a real influence in the Criminal Justice System. Everyone at VS is driven by our Vision Ambitions and Values to play their part in making a difference for those who experience crime and traumatic events. Working for VS gives you the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing high quality services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.
Victim Support are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks may be required.
Victim Support strives to represent the diverse communities we serve and are passionate about creating an environment where all staff and volunteers feel respected and heard. Being a diverse organisation with an inclusive culture is integral to us being able to meet our aim of ensuring that anyone who is a victim of crime gets the support they need.
As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we particularly welcome applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. VS is also a Disability Confident Employer and we provide a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates that are disabled and meet all essential criteria for a role.
If you have a disability, a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a medical condition which you believe may affect your performance during any aspect of our selection process, we'll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to perform at your best.
How to apply:
To apply for this role please follow the link below to the Jobs page on our website and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if we receive enough suitable applications to take forward to interview prior to the published closing date.