Domestic Violence Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus)

Location: Regional NSW
Area: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
Worktype: Full Time
Salary: $47 - $50 per hour

Join a great team as a DFV Specialist Worker with a specific focus on supporting Aboriginal communities and contributing to a better future for women and children experiencing Domestic Violence.

What You'll Do:
  • Accept electronic and non-electronic referrals, ensuring timely responses.
  • Conduct threat assessments and safety planning to address immediate safety needs of clients.
  • Liaise with the Safety Action Meeting Coordinator to prioritize clients in serious threat situations.
  • Provide vital information and warm referrals to support ongoing client needs.
  • Attend court sessions, particularly on AVO list days, offering assistance and advocacy for Aboriginal women and children in need.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key partners like the NSW Police Force, local courts, legal representatives, and referral agencies to improve access to services.
  • Develop networks with local services that cater to the specific needs of Aboriginal women and children, such as Aboriginal Health Services, Community Justice Groups, and Police Force Aboriginal Consultative Committee Meetings.
  • Establish connections with Local Aboriginal Communities to promote WDVCAS services and encourage the use of our services, including facilitating Women's Groups.
  • Participate in cultural events like NAIDOC Week, Sorry Day, Reconciliation Celebrations, Survival Day, and other local Aboriginal community activities to promote the services of Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS), as resources allow.
  • Provide essential advice to the Manager on local issues affecting Aboriginal clients' access to WDVCAS services and legal processes.
  • Offer high-level input to the Manager in developing strategies to ensure WDVCAS services are relevant, accessible, and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal Women and children.
Essential Criteria:
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander woman, accepted by your community as a member of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Possess relevant training, experience, and/or qualifications in social service provision.
  • Embrace a feminist philosophy, and strongly uphold the principles of social justice and human rights.
  • Demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity, always promoting respectful and ethical behavior.
  • Have a deep understanding of domestic and family violence, particularly concerning its impact on Aboriginal women and children, and show sensitivity to their unique needs.
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence, including AVO applications and criminal prosecutions, as well as related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration, and victim’s compensation issues
  • Community Engagement: Skilled at collaborating with local Aboriginal communities and the broader community to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and promote the availability of WDVCAS services.
  • Network Building: Proven ability to network and develop strong working relationships with the local community and stakeholders.
  • Organizational and Administrative Skills: Possess excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Child Safety and Clearance: Hold a current clearance for Working with Children and relevant NSW Police Force checks.
  • Driving License: Hold a current NSW Driver’s License.
Additional Information 
  • A number of probity checks are required including holding a current working with children and undertaking a National police checks and being vaccinated against COVID 19. 
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For a confidential discussion OR to find out more about the role please call Justin Davari on 0473 669 599.

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Date Posted: 08/09/2023 03:29 PM

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