Job Vacancy: Domestic Violence Support Worker

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Established in 2001 AkiDwA is an ethnic minority-led national network of migrant women living in Ireland which promotes the equality of migrant women in Irish society, free of gender and racial stereotyping and applies a holistic approach to integration, promoting a migrant and gender-specific approach to public services as well as encouraging migrant women’s access to mainstream services and initiatives.

To advance the work of the organisation in the area of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, we are currently looking to recruit a Domestic Violence Support Worker.

Purpose of the Post

  • To provide support, information, training, court, refuge and garda accompaniment and an advocacy service to migrant women who experience or have experienced abuse by an intimate male partner.
  • To mobilise, deliver training, information and awareness raising sessions to migrant women on domestic violence and share information on support services available.

Role: Domestic Violence Support Worker

Reporting to: CEO- AkiDwA

Position: Full-time (35hrs a week)

Main Duties

  • Provide appropriate support for individual women as necessary including arranging and attending meetings with health, social workers, Gardai, and solicitors.
  • To provide awareness raising sessions, training, information and support to migrant women on domestic sexual and gender-based violence.
  • To liaise and develop links with appropriate agencies for the purpose of referral, information, and support. Such as, refuges, Gardai, health service workers and legal professionals.
  • To participate in internal organizational and team meetings.
  • To write reports, and prepare statistics as required.
  • To maintain records and individual files.
  • To attend monthly support and supervision sessions.
  • To perform other duties appropriate to the post that may be assigned from time to time.

Experience and skills

Essential

  • Third level qualification at degree level in social science, social care or related field.
  • Holds a clear knowledge and understanding of the gender analysis of violence against women.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of the Domestic Violence Act and Children’s First Legislation.
  • Has clear understanding and analysis of domestic violence.
  • Experience in assessing risk with women and safety planning.
  • Knowledge of family law, and legal options for women, and court procedures.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work on own, and to seek support and guidance when needed.
  • Experience working co-operatively with other services, and in relationship building.
  • Understanding of housing policy and services.
  • Understanding of Child Protection responsibilities.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and issues affecting women and children experiencing domestic violence.
  • Excellent facilitation, training, and communication skills.

Competencies:

  • Written and verbal ideas and objectives clearly expressed.
  • Actively listens to ensure clear understanding.
  • Asks for input from others to ensure clear understanding.
  • Acknowledges and addresses issues in an honest and non-judgemental way.
  • Comfortable with IT systems of communication.

Location

The position will be based at the AkiDwA Office, Unit 2, Killarney Court, Upper Buckingham Street Dublin 1 but will involve travelling to different counties in Ireland.

If interested send your CV and cover letter through email info@akidwa.ie by Friday 27th May 2022.

This position is funded by the Department of Justice.

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