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Specialist Family Violence Advocate- Assessment and Response Team

Organisation : Eastern Domestic Violence Service

Location : Melbourne (Ringwood)

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Other, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Other, Women

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 26 Jul, 2021

About the role

    • Fixed Term – backfill 12 month contract at SHADS Level 5 with access to industry leading employment benefits and NFP salary packaging
    • Full time position (38 hours per week)
    • Excellent Professional Development Opportunities
    • A rewarding opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving quality of life for women and children experiencing family violence
    • Regular supervision and management support including access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Flexible working hours including the option of a monthly accrued day off (ADO)

The Assessment and Response team is responsible for the initial intake function within EDVOS. As a Specialist Family Violence Advocate, you will listen to the woman’s story and ask questions to better understand her risk. You will address gender and power issues underlying domestic violence on both personal and social levels including accountability of perpetrators, you will provide high quality risk assessment and safety planning with women and children, and ensure accurate client case notes/records and data collection. In partnership with the woman you will identify, assess, develop and implement effective interventions and referrals to other helpful services for them and, where relevant, their families.

Essential to your success

  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Diploma of Community Services or equivalent
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of a specialist family violence service including feminist theory and enabling women to make informed choices
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and proven ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with clients and a range of stakeholders/service providers
  • Capacity to provide a high quality family violence service inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women, children, young women, CALD clients, women with a disability and women who identify as LGBTI clients both over the phone and face-to-face
  • Capacity to self-manage and prioritise workload

Please review the Position Description (see “How to Apply”) for a full list of accountabilities and criteria.

 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.  Salary for these positions will be aligned with SCHADS Level 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

Please download a copy of the position description for this position, available on our website at

For further information regarding this position please contact Sam Smith, Team Leader, Assessment and Response or Gabrielle Hitch, Program Manager Assessment and Response/Relationship Lead Outer East on (03) 9259 4200. 

 Applications including cover letter, CV and a separate document addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the position description), should be forwarded to using the subject line: “ADS 2721 SFVA Assessment and Response by COB 26th July 2021.

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: Specialist Family Violence Advocate- Assessment and Response Team via Pro Bono Australia.


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