Domestic Abuse Advisor

18 Feb 2021
18 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Domestic Abuse Advisor - 12 month temporary contract, based in Weymouth.

The Domestic Abuse Advisers will provide a pro-active service to victims of domestic abuse to enable them to manage their safety, keeping them and their children as safe as possible.

The work of the DAA is distinct in that it assesses the risk a client is in and delivers a service appropriate to the level of risk, offering a premium service to those at high risk. As well as identifying risks and taking immediate action to safeguard children, vulnerable adults and victims of domestic abuse. DAAs work within a multi-agency framework to enable all agencies via the MARAC process to contribute towards keeping victims safe.

DAAs work with survivors and refer victims to other agencies to enable access to services.DAAs provide support throughout the criminal justice process, including support at the specialist domestic violence court. To Liaise with specialist DA Police Investigators to determine the level of police involvement within the investigation and keep the victim up to date.

Main responsibilities will include:

The DAA will work with victims of Domestic abuse at the initial point of crisis to reduce risk, reduce the escalation of risk and safeguard the victim and their family. The DAA will act as the lead professional advocating on behalf of the victim

Risk assess and deliver service in keeping with the level of risk identified. Developing safety plans to meet individual risks the service user faces and advocate for them

Manage a caseload of referrals and keep records up to date. Caseloads will consist of high risk victims where there are pending court proceedings. The DAA will review cases including decisions taken. Oversight will be provided by the DA Supervisor.

To conduct face to face visits to domestic abuse victims in order to carry out immediate safeguarding (e.g. child protection and vulnerable adult alerts) and put appropriate safety measures and plans in place. Contact with victims should be made once an incident or crime has been recorded. The DAA will maintain contact with the victim to identify ongoing levels of risk. The DAA will update victims in respect of MARAC meetings.

Undertake safety planning with clients to secure practical safety measures are requested e.g. target hardening, sanctuary room installation and referral to refuge as appropriate. The DAA will be responsible for the coordination of the TecSOS emergency phones for their clients

The DAA will provide specialist advice to victims such as child protection, honour based abuse, forced marriage, housing, civil and criminal legal options etc. to victims
Participate in the MARAC framework: refer victims to MARAC, attend and advocate on behalf of the victim, participate in meetings and follow-up on actions agreed at the MARAC.

Participate proactively in the specialist domestic violence court and provide support through the criminal justice system referring to Victim Support or the Witness Care Service as appropriate.
Update victims with prison release notifications and ensure all safeguarding measures are in place prior to release
Where appropriate keep victims and repeat victims fully informed of the decision to review their case at MARAC. The DAA will be responsible for explaining the MARAC process and updating the victim with relevant actions
Provide a central point of contact for Police Officers and Police staff and all outside agencies working in the field of domestic abuse such as Solicitors, Social Services, Health, Outreach services, Housing etc. for guidance and advice and to maintain such contact with those outside agencies. Ensure information is shared with partner agencies

The DAA will be responsible for keeping comprehensive case load notes and data information to inform service delivery. Collate areas of service gap and service inadequacy to feed back to the DAA Supervisor.

Applicants should have:

Good knowledge of the statutory and voluntary services at a local and national level relating to domestic abuse and the impact it has on victims and their families
Current understanding of the legislation relating to domestic abuse including child protection and safeguarding duties
Good communication, organisational and interpersonal skills including the ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, confidentiality.
Their own transport

If you have relevant experience, and are looking for an opportunity where you make a huge difference to people's lives, this could be the role for you. Do not delay, apply now!

The successful applicant will be subject to stringent vetting and referencing prior to commencing work.

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