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Specialist Family Violence Advocate, Older Persons

Organisation : EDVOS

Location : Melbourne (Ringwood)

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Women

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 13 Dec, 2021

About the role

  • Parental leave backfill position – 07.11.2022
  • 38 hours per week
  • Access to generous salary packaging benefits and professional development opportunities
  • Supportive and collaborative team environment

About the Opportunity

As an EDVOS Specialist Family Advocate who works predominantly with Older Persons you will have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics and impacts of family violence on older people. You will work collaboratively with older people, their families (where appropriate), pets and animals to provide: risk assessment and safety planning; emotional support; needs assessment and case planning ; systems navigation and advocacy; psychoeducation and referrals while ensuring accurate and timely case noting and data entry into the client management system.

Essential to your success

  • Qualification or relevant experience in line with the minimum mandatory qualification requirements for specialist family violence practitioners and, where required, a willingness to work towards the minimum qualifications *
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexities older people experience in relation to family violence;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and skills in, family violence risk assessment,
    client centered case management, safety planning, and client advocacy
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and practice frameworks relating to family violence practice, including but not limited to the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS),and the family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)
  • Demonstrated understanding of the life cycle stages in a family violence context, including the use of power and control, social, historical, political, legal, cultural and organisational/systems impacts on victim survivors and perpetrators of family violence
  • Ability to implement relevant theories and frameworks related to family violence into practice including but not limited to intersectional theory, feminist theory, trauma informed and strengths based theory
  • A solid understanding and respect for child safety standards and principles

A copy of the key selection criteria can be accessed by downloading the full Position Description available below or at our website at

 *For more information on the mandatory minimum qualifications please visit



About the organisation

Organisation Name : EDVOS

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 predominantly works with women and children as 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 largelydirected 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.

What We Offer

  • Excellent professional development opportunities including external training and workshops as well as EDVOS staff training
  • Option of a monthly accrued day off (ADO) for full time staff
  • Flexible working hours and generous salary packaging benefits resulting in tax savings
  • Regular supervision and management support including access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Paid parental leave for eligible staff
  • Health and wellbeing programs for all staff including yoga classes and stretch classes as well as walk at work program- being revamped for 2022!
  • A rewarding opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving quality of life for women and children experiencing family violence

How to apply

Position Description : 2021-11-18 SFVA Older Persons

How to Apply

For a copy of the key selection criteria and a full outline of the position please visit our website at
For further information regarding this position please contact Gina Kennard, Program Manager Case Management Relationship Lead, on (03) 9259 4200. 

Applications including cover letter, CV and a separate document addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the PD), should be forwarded to using the subject line: ADS 2222 SFVA OP BY 9am Monday 13th December .

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.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, Older Persons via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Social_and_Support_Work
Sector: #Community_Support_Services, #Women

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