Advance is a well-respected and well-established charity established in 1998 working to support women to cope and recover from experiences of domestic abuse and supporting women who are at risk of offending or with short term sentences to reduce offending. At Advance we work alongside partner agencies to provide a dynamic response to survivors of Domestic Abuse.  The Community & Co-location team are launching a new and exciting Housing Project across the Tri-Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster & Kensington & Chelsea. This is part of a national pilot, being trialled in three areas of the UK to improve the response to and outcomes for survivors of domestic abuse where there are housing needs. The whole housing approach will be delivered by multiple partners providing different layers of support according to need and including financial support to prevent homelessness. Access to safe housing for survivors and their children is integral in reducing the risk of ongoing abuse and promoting recovery. We are recruiting for a number of roles and need professionals with sound experience of working within Domestic Abuse and an interest in Housing and institutional advocacy to work alongside partners on this innovative project designed to deliver effective support to survivors and real and meaningful outcomes. Our work and services are expanding, so there are a lot of upcoming career opportunities. It’s an exciting time to join us.


Title:  Female* Housing IDVA – Tri Borough X 4 & Female* Housing DA Worker – Tri Borough X 1
Reports to: 
Community & Co-location
Contract Permanent
Salary: IDVA: £26,000 – £29,000 per annum  (incl. London weighting) depending on experience & DA worker: £24,000 – £26,000 per annum  (incl. London weighting) depending on experience
Working hours:   35 hours a week
Pension: Workplace Pension
Annual leave: 30 days (pro rata) plus public holidays & 1 day for International Women’s Day
Work Location: West London – Westminster and the tri borough


The Housing IDVA will have at least one year’s experience as an IDVA and will work within a dynamic, fast paced, crisis intervention, advocacy and support service to ensure the voice of survivors informs every stage of the process specialising in working with clients for whom housing and risk of tenancy breakdown is a factor. You will advise women on criminal justice and civil remedies and related matters and coordinate the provision of multi-agency support. Part of the role will to be to establish positive, proactive and innovative working relationships with housing services and partner agencies within the Angelou Partnership. You will work in the Tri Borough and become embedded within the Housing team.

The Housing Domestic Abuse worker will have at least one year’s experience working within a Domestic Abuse service and will be providing needs led support and advocacy clients with housing issues. The ability to advocate for the rights of survivors when liaising with Housing professionals is essential. You will be based within our Head Office at Hammersmith alongside colleagues from the Angelou service and the Community & Co-location projects. This is a great opportunity to gain specialist knowledge around Housing whilst working within an experienced and supportive team where further career opportunities are constantly being developed.

All post holders will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children, and of best practice within the domestic abuse and housing sectors. The post holders 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 female survivors of domestic violence, 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 and being able to build partnerships with external agencies.

Benefits include 30 days holidays per year and a workplace pension

Closing date:  27 March 2019                                              Interview date: Week of 1 April 2019

Please click here to read the Housing IDVA DA Job Description and Person Specification 2019

Please click here to read the Letter to applicants

Please click here to the Job Application Form

To apply: Download the application form and Job Description from our website at – Completed applications should be emailed to or posted marked ‘Private and Confidential’ to Advance, BSU Recruitment, PO Box 74643, London W6 6JU. OR submit a full CV and supporting statement that addresses the person specification.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, BME backgrounds, the LBT community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation. 

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