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Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisor

Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisor - Supporting People with care and Support needs (Disabilities) experiencing domestic abuse

Public Health England in 2015 confirmed that people with disabilities are more vulnerable to domestic violence, experience domestic abuse for longer periods of time, and experience more severe and frequent abuse than non-disabled people.

People with disabilities also encounter differing dynamics of domestic abuse, which may include more severe coercion, control, or abuse from carers.

Abuse can also happen when someone withholds, destroys, or manipulates medical equipment, access to communication, medication, personal care, meals, and transportation.

People with disabilities have also reported abuse through the form of intrusion and lack of privacy.
This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist IDVA working to engage and support people with care and support needs/disabled people experiencing domestic abuse.

Read on for further details.

Black Country Women's Aid

Let us introduce ourselves…

Black Country Women's Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and human trafficking.

Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support, and access to a range of therapeutic interventions.

All services are client and needs led.

The team:

Our Specialist Community Domestic Abuse Support Service supports male and female victims of domestic violence and abuse living in Sandwell, Dudley, and Walsall through a range of contracted/ commissioning arrangements.

The service works in partnership with other services within BCWA and key agencies to assess risk and provide tailored support plans for service users.

Our integrated approach provides effective holistic support for survivors of abuse using a trauma-informed approach.

We have a team of supportive, dedicated, self-driven individuals who empower clients to make informed choices, helping them to live a life free from abuse.

Job Role

Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)
1 full-time position (37.5 hours), based across Sandwell and Walsall
£20,849 (unqualified)/£22,934 (qualified)
Closing date: Friday 20th August 2021
All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams

Is this you?

If you have an interest in working with this client group then we have a fantastic opportunity for you to work within our ever-growing and dynamic domestic abuse team.

As an IDVA (Care and Support needs/ Disability) you will be expected to provide a high-quality frontline support service to victims of domestic violence and abuse over the age of 16, with a focus on supporting those with a learning and physical disabilities.

We are looking for a qualified/unqualified IDVA (training may be provided for the right candidate) to join our dynamic team.

We are looking for someone with extensive experience in supporting victims/survivors of domestic abuse, managing a caseload, and understanding the principles of safeguarding children and adults.

The post holder will have a good understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and how this can affect victims, particularly people who have disabilities.

The Role:

The specialist IDVA will provide targeted outreach and raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on clients with disabilities across Sandwell and Walsall via voluntary and statutory agencies, to increase the number of clients with disabilities accessing our Community Domestic Abuse Support Service.

They will have the knowledge and awareness of how to support this client group and the complexities of domestic abuse for those with a disability as well as assessing their level of risk, informing clients of their options as well developing a tailored safety plan.

They will manage a caseload whilst working within a multi-agency framework to advocate for clients, including responding and reporting to Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) on behalf of clients, working closely with adult social care, occupational therapist, and other agencies.

They will also support the wider Community Domestic Abuse Support Service, dealing with telephone calls, taking drop-in referrals, and attending team meetings.

If you are self-driven, compassionate, and hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you.

Important information for all positions

Black Country Women's Aid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children, and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975.

It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau for details of any previous criminal convictions.

Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

The post holder must be female.


BCWA has adapted services during COVID to support victims of violence and abuse that meet all the latest Government guidance.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all our sites and distributed to all staff as appropriate.

Full details of the BCWA Risk Assessment can be found on our website.

Please read this as it provides the framework that we are delivering services against.

You will receive appropriate training to undertake the duties of the job on and on and offsite basis and all situations are risk assessed.

Management supervision, support, and oversight are embedded in our practice to ensure all parties are kept safe.

  • Start: ASAP
  • Rate: £20849.00 - £22934.00 per annum + pro-rata
  • Location: Sandwell, England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Other
  • Recruiter: 2MES
  • Tel: 02392 387722
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  • Posted: 2021-07-23 16:46:48 -

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