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Speciaist Family Violence Advocate – Men’s Enhanced Intake Worker

Organisation : Eastern Domestic Violence Service

Location : Melbourne (Ringwood)

Work type : Casual/Vacation

Profession : Community Services, Other, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Other

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 1 Feb, 2021

About the role

The Assessment and Response team is responsible for the initial intake function within EDVOS. The role of the Specialist Family Violence Advocate will be to listen to the woman’s story and ask questions to better understand her level of risk and safety needs. Additionally, the Men’s Enhanced Intake duties component of this role requires triage and initial (phone) response to men referred by Victoria Police.

 Essential to your success

*For a full list of key selection criteria for this position please refer to the position description available via: www.edvos.org.au/get-involved.

  • A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Welfare or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge, experience and skills in; intake, family violence risk assessment and safety planning, case planning and referrals, and client advocacy with the ability to establish effective working relationships with clients and other service providers.
  • Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of a specialist family violence service to support women to make informed choices and an understanding of relevant theories and practice frameworks that relate to family violence
  • Ability to participate in planning, implementation and evaluation of programs.
  • Capacity to provide a high quality family violence service inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women, children, young women, CALD clients and women who identify as LGBTI clients both over the phone and face-to-face.
  • Demonstrated understanding and respect for child safety principles
  • Ability to manage self-care, reflective practice and resilience with quality and responsive service provision and ability to function both independently and within a team environment.
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills including interpersonal skills, written skills and the ability to analyse and proactively find workable solutions when approaching tasks.

About the Opportunity

  • Casual Position
  • Great variety of work and friendly team!
  • Join a leading specialist family violence service based in the Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Make a difference in the lives of women and children responding to family violence

What We Offer

  • Flexible working hours including the option of a monthly accrued day off (ADO) for full time staff
  • Generous salary packaging benefits resulting in tax savings
  • Excellent professional development opportunities including external training and workshops as well as EDVOS staff training
  • Health and wellbeing programs for all staff including group running coaching, yoga classes, strengthening and stretch and spike classes, walk at work, running coaching bi-monthly staff shared lunch and birthday calendar
  • Regular supervision and management support including access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Internal committees (e.g. Quality and Safety and People and Culture steering committees) working groups to support staff’s interest and expertise (e.g. Diversity, Consumer Engagement, OHS, Children and Youth)
  • A rewarding opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving quality of life for women and children experiencing family violence

    EDVOS hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9am until 8pm and Saturday from 9am until 5pm. This position would require availability to work on a rotating roster across those hours of operation. Casual shifts may be offered across those hours of operation.

Salary for this will be aligned with SCHADS Level 5 + 9.5% super.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Eastern Domestic Violence Service

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is a leading specialist family violence service in Victoria. Our work is focused across seven Local Government Areas including Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, Monash, Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges. Some of our training, education and primary prevention programs are national. EDVOS is predominantly funded to work with women and children. It is recognised that being female is the biggest risk factor for experiencing family violence. EDVOS acknowledges that family violence can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, carer abuse, parental abuse and sibling abuse. Our specialist family violence response services are mostly directed towards women, including women from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) communities, children, pets and other animals, who are responding to any form of family violence.

EDVOS is committed to assisting all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and ability within our community and can also provide access to other family violence services that are most suitable to the individual’s unique needs and goals.


How to apply

How to Apply

For a list of key selection criteria for this position please download a copy of the position description, available on our website at https://www.edvos.org.au/get-involved/

Applications including cover letter, CV and a separate document addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the PD), should be forwarded to humanresources@edvos.org.au using the subject line: “ADS0921 SFVA/MEI Worker” by COB 1ST February 2021. Applications which fail to address the key selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information regarding the positions please contact Sam Smith, Team Leader Assessment and Response, Outer East on (03) 9259 4200.  

EDVOS predominantly employs women, including women from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) communities, as per the findings of Equal Opportunity exemption H327/2017 and by special measure. This is due to the specialist nature of the work and the services that EDVOS provides to women and children who are responding to family violence in the community.  EDVOS actively promotes a safe and inclusive workplace where workers are free from discrimination and are afforded dignity and respect. We encourage applications from women of all abilities, as well as from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTI.

 EDVOS is a child-focused and child safe organisation and is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and interests of children (including the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children with a disability and children who identify as LGBTI)

All appointments with EDVOS are subject to a police records check, working with children check and reference checks.


Please quote in application: Speciaist Family Violence Advocate – Men’s Enhanced Intake Worker via Pro Bono Australia.


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