Advance is a well-respected, award-winning and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse and supporting women with custodial and community sentences to reduce offending. Advance delivers nationally accredited, quality marked services at the ‘high end of best practice’ in West London. We are known for innovation as we were the very first IDVA service and the first service to work within Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts. Our values are to listen and support, to empower and respect, to collaborate, innovate and be accountable.
The Mental Health IDVA will work within a dynamic, fast paced, crisis intervention, advocacy and support service to ensure the voice of survivors informs every stage of the process specialising in working with clients for whom mental health is a factor. They will work within the team to make proactive contact and provide high quality advocacy and support based upon a client led needs and risk assessment to women from age 13, focusing on working with those aged 18 and over who access the domestic abuse service. They will advise women on criminal justice and civil remedies and related matters, support women to attend court where necessary, and coordinate the provision of multi-agency support. Part of the role will to be to establish positive, proactive and innovative working relationships with services providing mental health intervention and partner agencies within Angelou Partnership this will include the creation and delivery of training in partnership with other agencies. The post holder will work across the three boroughs under the guidance of the team leaders and project manager.
The post holder will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children and of best practice within the domestic abuse and mental health sector’s.
As an experienced domestic violence advocate who has worked with complex and multiple needs, the post holder will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. Experience of direct work with female survivors of domestic violence, of supporting women involved in mental health services, and of working within safeguarding procedures is essential for this post, as is the need to adopt and promote a strong partnership approach to service provision.
- Permanent contract
- £26,000 – £28,000 per annum incl. London Weighting, depending on experience (£26,000 paid for those with less experience; £28,000 paid for those with considerable skills and experience in equivalent roles).
- 35 hours per week according to contract terms
- Workplace Pension, 30 days annual leave plus public holidays & 1 day for International Women’s Day.
- This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, BAME backgrounds, the LGBTQ+ community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.
This job description is a guide and not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities the post holder may have over time.
Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check and police vetting