Female Aurora New Dawn DVA Car™ Advocate

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Posted December 23, 2020 by

Aurora New Dawn is pleased to announce the following job vacancy:

Female * Aurora New Dawn DVA Car™ Advocate

Aurora New Dawn is a female-led charity dedicated to ending violence and abuse against women and girls. Since 2011, we have offered safety, support, advocacy, and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and stalking. One of the core ways that we do this is through our DVA Car™ service.

Our DVA Cars™ provide a service whereby every Friday and Saturday night, trained staff head out in police patrol cars to work alongside Hampshire Constabulary to attend reports of domestic abuse. We also run an out of hours helpline so that victims always have somewhere to turn. The aim is to offer independent support and advice to victims and survivors during that window of opportunity: the moment they make the choice to reach out for help. We are now on the lookout for a caring, empathetic and compassionate individual to join our DVA Car™ advocate team.

The candidate will be passionate about supporting survivors of domestic violence and abuse and wants to play a pivotal role in helping victims at the point of crisis. You will be working as part of a collaborative and passionate team, all dedicated to helping women feel seen, heard, and understood.

Whilst experience and knowledge of domestic abuse is a benefit, it is not essential – it is more important to us that we find the right person who can truly support and guide our clients.

Hours of work

Part-time: 30.5 Hours per week (weekend and evening work)
4 shifts per month working with the police.
Remaining hours working from home.
Salary Scale 7: £22,221 per annum, pro rata
Duration: Funding until September 2024 (possible extension subject to further funding)
Location Portsmouth and Home Based

*PLEASE NOTE: This post is restricted to female applicants in accordance with Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010

The Role

This role comprises of two parts, worked on a bi-weekly rotation basis and totalling a 30.5 hours per week:

Week one:

  1. To provide an out-of-hours, face-to-face crisis response to incidents of domestic violence working alongside officers from Hampshire Constabulary.
    Friday and Saturday: 17.00hrs – 03.00hrs
  2. Out of Hours DVA Helpline – working from home.
    Monday – Friday: 1700-0800hrs
    Saturday – Sunday: either: 0800hrs – 1700hrs or 1700hrs – 0800hrs

Week two:

  1. Out of Hours DVA Helpline – working from home (combination of shifts below)
    Monday – Friday: 1700-0800hrs
    Saturday – Sunday: either: 0800hrs – 1700hrs or 1700hrs – 0800hrs

To apply:

For an informal chat about this role please call Lyn Tiller on 02392 479254

To apply please send a CV, covering letter and diversity form to recruitment@aurorand.org.uk, detailing why you think you are suitable for the post. Please add ‘DVA Car™ Advocate’ in the subject heading.

You are advised to read the job description and person specification carefully as the decision to shortlist you for interview will be based on the information you provide in your letter.

Applications are particularly welcome from black and minoritised women.

NB: We do not accept CV’s as an application method.

To save on administration costs we are not able to contact you if your application is unsuccessful, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work.

Closing date: Please note there is no closing date for this post, we will keep the vacancy open until we have successfully appointed to the role. We therefore encourage you to please submit your application as early as possible.

Interviews – tbc (Interviews will be conducted via face to face, Zoom or Microsoft Teams)

Important documents:

To download a copy of the Female*Aurora New Dawn DVA Car™ Advocate job description, click here.

To download a copy of the Aurora New Dawn diversity form, click here.

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Sarah Cheverton is Aurora New Dawn's Writer in Residence and a freelance writer and researcher. As well as writing the copy for the Aurora website, Sarah works with the Aurora team on consultation responses, communications and service evaluations. She also works as a Co-Editor for feminist news site Women's Views on News.

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