Molonglo Support Services are seeking a Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) for the South Eastern Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SEWDVCAS)
Do you have a passion and experience for helping women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence? Do you identify as an Aboriginal woman? A role in our friendly team as the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) might be just what you are looking for.
The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service is a support service for Women and their children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence. Our service assists women to obtain effective legal protection through applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) from NSW local courts. SEWDVCAS is a frontline service that works collaboratively with NSW Police and other Community Service Partners to provide support to women and children. Molonglo Support Services is the service provider for SEWDVCAS and manages Louisa Domestic Violence Service, Your Place Housing Support Service & South Eastern Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. More information available at https://molonglo.net.au.
The DFV Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) is a new position in SEWDVCAS with training provided. It exercises a high degree of autonomy and provides high-level advice regarding how to ensure the WDVCAS is relevant, accessible and responsive to Aboriginal women and their children. Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s.31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
If this sounds like a role for you, please apply.
How to apply
To apply you need to review the Position Description (attached) for details about this role and its duties/responsibilities and then send us:
- Your current resume
- Your response to the selection criteria with examples that show you have the skills and knowledge for this role and why you are the best person for this role
If you have any questions, please contact Julie on 0414 946 544.
on Monday 8th June by close of business.
Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Worker
(Aboriginal Focus and Female) (Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification).
The Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) assists the Manager Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP) in service delivery. The DFV Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) exercises a high degree of autonomy and provides high-level advice regarding how to ensure the WDVCAS is relevant, accessible and responsive to Aboriginal women and their children.
The 35-hour position is over 5 days per week and includes the capacity for community engagement and/or outreach activities, on average two days per week, subject to workload and resources. Community engagement and/or outreach activities are critical in assisting the DFV Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus) to build trusting relationships between the WDVCAS and Aboriginal communities. This facilitates best practice service delivery informed by the needs of women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence within these communities.
Under the supervision of the Manager, the DFV Specialist Workerwill primarily be responsible, but not limited to, the following duties:
- Accepting electronic referrals from the CRP and non-electronic referrals direct from government agencies and non-government services;
- Contacting clients referred to the WDVCAS in a timely manner, conducting a threat assessment to ascertain their current risk status and undertaking safety planning to address a client’s immediate safety needs;
- Liaising with the Safety Action Meeting (SAM) Coordinator to ensure all clients assessed as ‘at serious threat’ are placed on the agenda for the next SAM when necessary;
- Providing relevant information and making appropriate warm referrals to a range of service providers to assist clients with their ongoing needs;
- Liaising with clients in relation to Safety Action Plans developed at SAMs and/or support provided, or arranged, by the WDVCAS;
- Attending court on AVO list days and other days as required to provide information, assistance and court advocacy for WDVCAS clients and in particular Aboriginal women and children, as directed by the WDVCAS Manager;
- Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key WDVCAS partners including the NSW Police Force, Local Courts, legal representatives and referral agencies, in order to facilitate client access to those agencies and services;
- Complying with the SAM Manual and the Domestic Violence Information Sharing Protocol;
- Fulfilling reporting requirements for the WDVCAP database and the CRP in line with the WDVCAP Service Agreement, the WDVCAP Policy and Procedure Manual and SAM Manual;
- Assisting the SAM Coordinator to develop and administer policies, systems and processes for the effective operation of the WDVCAS and SAMs; to ensure culturally appropriate service to our clients.
- Developing solid working relationships and referral networks with local services that respond to the particular needs of Aboriginal women and children, for example attending Aboriginal Health Services, Aboriginal Community Justice Groups and/or NSW Police Force Aboriginal Consultative Committee Meetings;
- Developing links with local Aboriginal communities to promote the services of the WDVCAS and encourage women to use the services of the WDVCAS, for example by facilitating women’s groups;
- Participating in NAIDOC Week, Sorry Day, Reconciliation Celebrations, Survival Day (Australia Day) and other local Aboriginal community activities and initiatives which help promote the services of the WDVCAS, subject to workload and resources of the WDVCAS;
- Providing advice to the Manager to develop and implement strategies aimed at making WDVCAS services relevant, accessible and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal women and children; and
- Providing advice to the Manager about local issues affecting Aboriginal clients and access to WDVCAS services and legal processes.
- Ability to deliver services in accordance with the WDVCAP model of service delivery outlined in the WDVCAP Service Agreement, this Policy and Procedure Manual, the SAM Manual and operational documents;
Selection criteria – essential, knowledge and skills
- Certificate III in Community services (minimum) working towards certification & relevant working experience.
- Current NSW Working with Children Check and NSW Police Check.
- Current drivers licence and your own vehicle with comprehensive insurance.
- Confirmation of Aboriginality.
- Understanding of domestic and family violence, its complexities and consequences, particularly as they affect Aboriginal women and children, and sensitivity to their needs;
- Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence including AVO applications and criminal prosecutions and related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration and victim’s compensation issues;
- Ability to work with local Aboriginal communities and the broader community to promote awareness of domestic and family violence and WDVCAS services;
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication, networking and advocacy.
- Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis and provide appropriate, trauma-informed support; and
- Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
 Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification. An Aboriginal person is defined under section 4 (1) of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) as a person who: (a) is a member of the Aboriginal race of Australia, and (b) identifies as an Aboriginal person, and (c) is accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person. This position is open to applicants from the Aboriginal community and the Provider should be satisfied in relation to all three elements of this definition.