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Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Waltham Forest

Job Reference No. SWA2680

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.

This vacancy has arisen in a busy and exciting office 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 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 an IDVA or DAPA qualification, or be willing to go on the training to acquire it.


You will be on Solace’s salary band 4.1 Unqualified or 4.2 Qualified accordingly.

Qualified applicants (with an accredited VAWG /domestic abuse qualification) dependent on experience: £26k – £28.5k per annum

Unqualified applicants, dependent on experience: £24.5k – £25.5k per annum with the potential to gain a qualification and move to the qualified band.

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

CONTRACT: Fixed term contract for one year

CLOSING DATE: 11th June 2018 (12noon)

INTERVIEW DATE: 18th June 2018

Please have a look at our IDVA Job Description & Person Specification

To apply please complete and send the Application Form AND Equality Monitoring form to recruitment@solacewomensaid.org by the closing date of 11th June 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, and 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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