LGBT+ Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

Location: Hybrid, London EC3V
Closing Date: 27th Nov 2023
Hate Crime Triage Officer and Independent Victim Advocate

Employment Type: Employed

Do you want to make life better for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse?

Galop is the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity. Founded in 1982, and have been championing the needs and safety of the LGBT+ community for nearly 40 years.

Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year. We specialise in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, and other forms of abuse including honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and so-called conversion therapies. We are a service run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, and the needs of our community are at the centre of what we do.

We run a national support helpline for LGBT+ victims and survivors of: domestic abuse; hate crime; rape and sexual abuse; and so-called “conversion therapy”. We provide advocacy services, both in London and nationally, for LGBT+ victims who need longer-term support. We are person-centred, empowerment-based, and trauma-informed – meaning our focus is always on helping our clients decide what is best for them, and then supporting them through their journey.

We use what we learn through working on the frontlines with clients to work for national and local policy change to improve outcomes for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence. We build evidence through key pieces of research, like our upcoming report into LGBT+ experiences of sexual violence. We push for legislative change, improved statutory guidance for victims, and better understanding of the needs of LGBT+ people around the country.

About the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate role

This is a role within Galop’s specialist advocacy services, providing support to LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence in the UK. You will work within the advocacy team to deliver advice, support, and advocacy to thousands of LGBT+ victims and survivors of interpersonal abuse and violence each year.

As an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA), you will provide high quality advocacy and support to LGBT+ people who are subjected to domestic abuse, focusing on their needs, safety and recovery. This role builds on work that we have been doing for decades to support and empower LGBT+ people who have been victims of violence and abuse. Your work will enable LGBT+ people to feel supported, heard and empowered in the face of abuse and violence, and pave the way to a safer future for our community.

You will work directly with LGBT+ victims/survivors, offering them a space to talk and think through options, helping them plan what they want to do, and offering assistance in getting what they need from services. Your work will focus on needs specifically related to domestic abuse, including issues such as wellbeing, support with the criminal and civil justice process, safety and access to other services to enable survivors to cope and recover. You will be empathetic and thoughtful in your approach to understanding your clients’ needs, while remaining boundaried and mindful of self-care.

You will work with colleagues to ensure that survivors are supported in a trauma-sensitive way and that the specific needs of domestic abuse survivors are supported across the team. This will include engagement with MARAC processes, IDVA best practice and understanding the domestic abuse support landscape and legislation.

You will have a strong understanding of the spectrum of violence and abuse that LGBT+ people are subjected to, including the causes, impact and barriers to accessing services. You will use your expertise to represent Galop with key stakeholders, advocating for the needs of the community.

This is a pivotal moment in Galop’s journey. We have grown quickly over the last five years and you will help shape the future of our services, to protect and support even more of our community.

Galop’s offices are located in London. This role will have the option of hybrid working.

Full Time (35 hours per week).

Fixed term until March 2025.

Reports to
Advocacy and Support Manager.

£30,446.33 – £ 34,959.58 (including inner London weighting of £4009.14).

Closing Date
Applications should be submitted by 10am on Monday 27th of November 2023.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th December 2023 .

Download an application pack on our website to apply.

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