Domestic Violence and Abuse Health Advocate

Isle of Wight
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Vacancy Details

Domestic Violence and Abuse Health Advocate

20 hours per week – Isle of Wight

Salary: £25,000 pro rata

Contract Type: Permanent Contract

YOU is a registered charity that has been providing care, support and advice for over 30 years to vulnerable people across Hampshire and Dorset and we have recently launched new domestic abuse and sexual violence services across West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. Our aim is to give the people we work with the tools and resources they need to live independent, secure and valued lives.

The Service

You First is the Hidden Violence and Abuse Service covering the Isle of Wight. This innovative and exciting service works with victims of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual crime and children and young people. Our services aim to support the whole family where we are able.

The service offers a variety of support and interventions including outreach, refuge, target hardening, court support, and recovery groups.

The Role

The role of the DVA Health Advocate is to work closely with health colleagues and GP’s to share knowledge and skills and improve their referral processes into existing commissioned services which will lead to increased referrals. The DVA Health Advocate will carry a case load and work directly with victims of domestic violence and abuse, receiving referrals across all risk categories with a focus on medium and high risk, utilising existing services and referral pathways for standard risk clients. DVA Health Advocates work from the point of crisis to provide high quality advocacy and support and engaging with local partners ensuring each person has a co-produced support package.

About You

  1. You will be trustworthy in all that you do and act with integrity, treating people with dignity and respect.
  2. You will have a can-do approach asking how you can achieve things rather than whether we can.
  3. You will work as part of a team
  4. You will be warm friendly and approachable to clients and internal and external colleagues.

Essential Requirements

    1. Relevant qualification or equivalent to Diploma/Degree/NVQ 4 or equivalent work level experience
    2. Experience of supporting women, men and children who have been subject to domestic violence and abuse
    3. Experience of effective multi-agency and partnership working, person-centred service delivery and enabling client involvement
    4. Knowledge of local, regional and national domestic violence and abuse agencies Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, when planned and required
    5. Ability to work flexibility and deliver a 24/7 on call service with others, if required
    6. Ability to work across the geographical location of the project and travel for training and meeting purposes
    7. Car driver with use of car for work purposes


And who can:

  1. Provide practical and emotional support to individuals experiencing medium and high risk domestic violence and abuse
  2. Work with and train Health colleagues and GP surgery staff to increase their knowledge of DVA and commissioned DVA services and referral pathways
  3. Will be available to talk to people identified as experiencing DVA within health settings, offering practical support and safety planning as standard
  4. Will monitor, review and reassess safety plans and support plans ensuring interventions are appropriate for level of risk and share this information with colleagues part of team that provides an out of hours on call service I develop and maintain effective professional working relationships both internally and externally for the best interests of clients
  5. I am responsible for the safety of adults and children within our service and following safeguarding processes
  6. I work with the local health and safeguarding teams to ensure appropriate support is offered to children and young people living with high risk domestic abuse

YOU has a strong value base, striving to be person-centred, innovative, trustworthy, can-do and excellent at all times, so it is important that you are as passionate about these principles as we are.

Our Benefits

If you choose to begin a career with our organisation, you are guaranteed:

  • Competitive rates of pay and paid travel time, including a higher mileage rate for car sharing.
  • Enhanced annual leave entitlements, with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday.
  • Matched pension scheme contributions, plus Death in Service Benefit and salary sacrifice options.
  • Enhanced sick pay allowances and paid compassionate and emergency dependent leave.
  • Excellent and professionally certified training, as well as access to fully-funded apprenticeship programmes.
  • Real opportunities to develop in your profession.
  • Free health and wellbeing advice via a 24/7, confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Everything you need to carry out your role free of charge, which may include a mobile phone, safety equipment and other necessary technology, a uniform where applicable, and of course a nice cup of tea or coffee throughout your day!
  • Access to discounts across lots of your favourite stores and online shopping sites, as well as discounted bus travel on the First bus network.
  • A company that is committed to its employees, valuing their knowledge, creativity and flexibility.
  • The chance to work with amazing people.

If this sounds like your ideal role we’re keen to hear from you as soon as possible, so don’t delay, Apply today! Please send a brief CV in the first instance so Jayne Hardy can assess your suitability for the post and she may then send a couple of additional questions for you to answer.   If you are successfully screened you will then be invited for an assessment and interview and will recruit the first most suitable applicant.




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