Independent Gender Violence Advocate (IGVA)

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 3,700 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 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: 041 IGVAR

37.5 hours per week

£25,500- £27,540 per annum

The Redbridge VAWG

 

The Redbridge VAWG service is an innovative and exciting service provision 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 agencies such as 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 domestic violence, you will be experienced in identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of domestic violence 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 speak up and present well-structured cases in a range of settings such as civil and criminal proceedings. 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/SafeLives or ISVA qualification is desirable. All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpin all of our work.

 

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. Other benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.

 

Closing date:    18th September 2016                                                 

Interview date: TBC

 Application Form and Diversity

IGVA – JD

Revised Refuge Benefits (Staff) 2016

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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