Independent Sexual Violence Advocate – Thames Valley

Refuge is the UK’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 3,700 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 hard 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 Sexual Violence Advocate                                              

REF:  078 – 2 ISVA

£22,970 – £24,836 per annum

37.5 hours per week                                                    

Thames Valley


Refuge is recruiting a new team of independent sexual violence advocates to work across the Thames Valley with a special focus on reaching out to and supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised.  You will manage a caseload of clients (women and men), advocating on their behalf in a multi-agency setting, ensuring that all victims of sexual violence and their children may access and navigate the criminal and civil justice systems, health services, housing, and education. If you are: passionate about ensuring access to justice for victims of sexual violence; assertive; accurate; confident in challenging senior professionals; with a robust understanding of how to best support victims of sexual violence whilst maintaining professional boundaries at all times, then we want to hear from you.


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 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 March 2016                               

Interview date:           TBC

Application Form and Diversity

ISVA Thames Valley JD

To apply please send your application to


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.