Advance delivers nationally accredited, quality marked services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Brent. We work within a coordinated partnership response to domestic violence to provide independent domestic violence advocacy and support for women, children and young people and women’s community services for women who are involved in the criminal justice system, in anti-social behaviour or are at risk of breaking the law.
The Mentor Court Project is a pilot partnership project in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea which aims to embed early intervention and domestic violence homicide prevention best practice into multi agency responses to address domestic violence crimes that disproportionately affect women and children. The project seeks to improve integrated working between criminal justice agencies from the point of reporting an incident to court and beyond; to reduce attrition through earlier intervention and improved outcomes for victims/survivors and their children, and to hold more perpetrators to account through the justice system; and to transform the Westminster Specialist Domestic Abuse Court into a mentor court, supporting other courts to build capacity to improve the same outcomes for domestic abuse cases in their areas.
The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children and of best practice within the criminal justice system. As an experienced domestic violence worker, you will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. Experience of direct work with women survivors of domestic violence, of supporting women involved in criminal and civil justice systems and of working within safeguarding procedures is essential for this post, as is the need to adopt and promote a strong partnership approach to service provision.
• Work with criminal justice agencies and in a criminal justice setting, providing high quality intervention, information and advocacy to women and young people referred to the service.
• Assess the needs and risks of survivors, and safety and support planning, particularly with clients with complex / multiple needs.
• Work pro-actively with partners to promote successful and safe use of the criminal justice system
• Attend the Mentor Court when required and work alongside the specialist prosecutor to support efficient case-progression, whilst ensuring opportunities to increase survivor safety are prioritised at every stage.
• Strengthen multi agency relationships and ensure agency accountability whist maintaining good communication and working relationships at all levels
For the full job description, benefits and details of how to apply, please visit our website: https://www.advancecharity.org.uk/job/criminal-justice-idva-independent-domestic-abuse-advisor/
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