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Specialist Family Violence Advocate

Organisation : EDVOS

Location : Melbourne (Ringwood)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Advocacy, Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Women

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 31 Jul, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : EDVOS


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.

About the role

  • Multiple Positions Available
  • Rolling recruitment – applications will be reviewed as received
  • Ongoing positions (part time/ full time options at 4-5 days p/w)
  • Parental Leave Backfill position (February 2023)
  • Excellent Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to generous salary Packaging
  • Supportive and collaborative team environment


As an EDVOS Specialist Family Advocate you will work collaboratively and holistically with adult victim survivors, their children, pets and animals and young people to provide: risk assessment and safety planning; emotional support; needs assessment and case planning; systems navigation; advocacy; psychoeducation and referrals while ensuring accurate and timely case noting and data entry into the client management system.

Essential to your success

We are looking for someone who:

  • Holds a 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 *
  • Is highly motivated and is excited to be part of a committed and dynamic family violence organisation.
  • Finds a natural alignment to EDVOS organisational values and guiding principles
  • Has knowledge, skills and/or experience family violence risk assessment, client centred case management, safety planning, and client advocacy
  • Has the ability to implement relevant theories and frameworks related to family violence into practice including but not limited to intersectional feminist theory , trauma informed and strengths based theory
  • Has the 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.
  • Has a solid understanding and respect for child safety standards and principles

Please review the Position Description for a full list of position accountabilities and key selection criteria.  *For more information on the mandatory minimum qualifications please visit

Salary for these positions will be aligned with SCHADS Level 5 + legislated super.

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
  • 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
  • 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

How to Apply

For a copy of the key selection criteria and a full outline of the position please see below or visit our website at

For further information regarding these positions please contact Gina Kennard, Senior Manager Support and Recovery, 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 3222 SFVA S&R. This is a Rolling Recruitment, no deadline, please apply as soon as possible.

Due to the specialist nature of the work and services  EDVOS provides 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.

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 via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Advocacy, #Community_Services, #Social_and_Support_Work
Sector: #Community_Support_Services, #Families, #Women


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