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Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Job Reference No. SWA2639

Enfield and Waltham Forest

IDVA: four posts: two permanent posts in Enfield & Waltham Forest and two fixed term post in Enfield & Waltham Forest.

Solace Women’s Aid exists to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

These vacancies have arisen in busy and exciting offices that provides specialist independent domestic and sexual violence services. This includes a package of support covering crisis intervention, risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning. A key aspect of the role will be to advocate on behalf of service users pursuing remedies through the criminal and civil justice systems.

The IDVA’s will work specifically with high risk clients, whose cases are referred to the MARAC.

Successful applicants will have in-depth knowledge of domestic abuse and its impact on women and their children, as well as experience of providing emotional and practical support to victims of domestic and sexual violence and strong casework management skills.

If you have experience of working with victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and a working knowledge of the criminal and civil justice systems this is a unique opportunity to develop further your skills and career.

Applicants are required to have CAADA’s IDVA or DAPA qualification, or be willing to go on the training to acquire it. Please take a look at the job description and person specification for more details about the role. This will be available on the Solace Women’s Aid website.

Please clearly state on the application form whether you would like to apply for the permanent posts (Waltham Forest or Enfield) or the fixed term post (Waltham Forest).


You will be on Solace’s salary band 4.

Qualified applicants (with an accredited VAWG /domestic abuse qualification) dependent on experience: £26,000 – £28,500 per annum.

Unqualified applicants, dependent on experience: £24,500 – £25,500 per annum with the potential to gain a qualification and move to the qualified band.

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

CONTRACT: Dependent on location and post – please see Job Description and Person Specification for more information

CLOSING DATE: 26th January 2018 (12noon)

INTERVIEW DATE: 5th February 2018

Please have a look at our:

Enfield IDVA Job Description and Person Specification (Permanent)

Enfield IDVA Job Description and Person Specification (Fixed Term)

Waltham Forest IDVA Job Description and Person Specification (Permanent)

Waltham Forest IDVA Job Description and Person Specification (Fixed Term)

To apply please complete and send the Application Form AND Equality Monitoring form to recruitment@solacewomensaid.org by the closing date of 26th January 2018. If for any reason you are having trouble downloading the documents, please email us and we will send the documents to you.

Unfortunately we do not accept CVs.

Please ensure you send the correct documents by the closing date, as late applications will not be accepted.

Due to the number of applications we receive, Solace Women’s Aid cannot communicate further with applicants who are not shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application was not successful this time.

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.

Solace is a Disability Confident employer. Please feel free to email us at recruitment@solacewomensaid.org if you require any additional support to apply for this role.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1. Section 7(2)e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

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

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