Independent Gender Violence Advocate (IGVA) – Lewisham

Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 3,300 women and children in our national network of services.  These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs/ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services and culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid). We advise Government and lobby to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, managing a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless.

 

Independent Gender Violence Advocate (IGVA)                      

REF: 107 IGVA

37.5 hours per week

£25,000 – £27,000 per annum

Lewisham

 

The Athena is an innovative and exciting service in Lewisham for all victims of gender-based violence, including domestic, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called honour-based violence.

 

We are recruiting an Independent Gender Violence Advocate to work closely with victims of gender based violence from the point of crisis. You will provide high quality independent advocacy and support to the highest risk survivors of gender based violence and their children. This will involve establishing and prioritising the risks to and the needs of survivors of gender based violence and developing and delivering individual support and risk management plans in partnership with other agencies who attend the MARAC. You will advocate both verbally and in writing in a range of settings including civil and criminal proceedings and with criminal justice professionals.

 

With significant proven experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of gender based violence, you will be experienced in identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of survivors. With an ability to work in crisis or under pressure, you will have an up-to-date knowledge of criminal and civil legislation relating to gender-based violence. You will understand multi-agency partnership structures including the MARAC and have an ability to advocate on clients behalf in a range of settings. You will have strong written and verbal communication skills to write reports, deliver presentations and to communicate to stakeholders in a clear and effective way. A CAADA qualification is desirable.

 

All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpin all of our work.

 

Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development.  We offer the first Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited qualification for our profession. In addition Safe Lives (CAADA) training or an equivalent training programme will be provided.  Other benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.

 

Closing date:    17th February 2016                                                     

Interview date:   W/C 29th February 2016

Application Form and Diversity

IGVA job description

To apply please send your application to recruitment@refuge.org.uk

 

 

An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.

 

Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity 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.

 

No agencies please – as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.

 

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