Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (FTC)
Next Chapter Community Outreach Locations across North Essex (including Colchester, Tendring, Braintree, Chelmsford, Maldon & Uttlesford Districts in an office and home-based capacity).

About Us

Next Chapter are passionate about ensuring that every person has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse and are seeking equally committed and passionate women to join our growing teams across the organisation, delivering a wide range of specialist support services to some of the most vulnerable individuals, children and young people in our area.

We work across North and Mid Essex providing free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse.

Our vision is for life without domestic abuse and our mission is to provide rapid responses to domestic abuse that increases safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change. We believe in raising awareness through education, training and partnerships in our community.

We are currently looking for an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor to join our team on a full-time basis for a fixed-term contract until the 31st March 2023.

We believe that our staff are our most valuable asset and want to help you reach your full potential. We’re committed to providing opportunities for personal and professional development and a work environment where everyone supports each other. You will play an active role in delivering on our commitment to reducing domestic abuse and making our services users feel supported and valued.

The Role

This is the ideal role for an individual with significant experience working with people experiencing domestic abuse to take the next step in their career and join our charitable organisation.

As an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, you will provide high-quality frontline services to High Risk victims of domestic abuse.

Working alongside multiple agencies, you will help individuals who are at the highest risk by enabling them to access services that will support and keep them safe.

Specifically, you will:

- Identify and assess the risks and needs of domestic abuse victims
- Provide emotional and practical support and information to victims including legal options, housing, health and finance
- Ensure that individual’s safety plans are successfully co-ordinated across agencies
- Act as an advocate for individuals to make sure they receive the best support possible
- Monitor high risk cases until they are no longer at imminent risk and complete handovers to the appropriate service –

-You will advocate for individuals and navigate the process with them through the civil and criminal court process

This is a full-time role working 37.5 hours per week with a requirement to participate in an on-call rota.

£23,182 - £26,082 depending on qualification & experience, on call duties paid separately

What Next Chapter can offer:

  • Employer’s contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, rising after 2 years’ service
  • Employee Assist Programme
  • Generous sick pay
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme. 

About You

To join us as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, you will need:

- Significant experience of working with individuals experiencing domestic abuse
- Experience of identifying safeguarding concerns and reporting concerns in line with local policies and procedures
- Experience of working with risk and the ability to provide advice on moving service users forward
- An excellent understanding of domestic abuse on victims and their children

- A good Understanding of both Civil and Criminal court, to include Protective orders.
- Comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures and how to recognise types of abuse including neglect and physical harm
- An understanding of the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children
- Excellent IT skills including the ability to use Microsoft Office and organisational case management databases
- A good standard of general education
- A valid driving licence and own transport (due to travel within the role)
- The willingness to work flexibly and travel to different sites and venues

Experience of creating and delivering domestic abuse awareness and training packages to professionals and volunteers would be beneficial to your application.

Good knowledge of trauma informed care and comprehensive knowledge of current welfare rights legislation and its impact on individuals leaving abusive relationships, would also be advantageous.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

This role is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level.

Staff will need to be mobile in order to work flexibly across community locations as required and work flexibly within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision. This may involve occasional evening and weekend working.

Other organisations may call this role IDVA, Domestic Abuse Support Advisor, or Domestic Abuse Practitioner.

Next Chapter are committed to ensuring the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and adults at risk, and all applicants will be required to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice.

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, please apply via Webrecruit on this link HERE

Closing Date: 20th May 2022