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Legal Advocacy - Team Leader

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

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  • Critical leadership role with significant impact
  • Seeking agile, purpose driven individual
  • Exciting career opportunity to work in an innovative, professional, specialist NFP organisation

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is a community organisation providing crisis intervention, follow-up and case management supports and services to all people affected by domestic violence in the ACT. The priority of our Service is for the safety of the people who have been subjected to domestic or family violence, recognising that the majority are women and children.


In a co-operative team environment and in line with DVCS Vision and Objectives and in accordance with Policies and Procedures of the Service the Team Leader - Legal Advocacy will:

  • Support Crisis Intervention and Court Advocacy Team Members in accordance with DVCS Policy Guidelines to provide crisis intervention services as required, which may include:
  • Assessment of risk and safety issues
  • Personal and immediate practical support, referral and advocacy
  • Information such as legal options, accommodation, income support, counselling services, health services and children's safety
  • Provide follow-up and advocacy services to people affected by domestic and family violence;
  • Provide individual support and information to clients through legal processes including providing advice and advocacy during Family Violence Order processes; liaising and advocating within the criminal justice system; and providing referrals for family law and other legal supports;
  • Liaise and network with relevant government and community agencies as required including Police, Legal Aid, Courts and refuges
  • Record relevant data and maintain accurate client records
  • Prepare reports, contribute to tender documentation and submissions as required
  • Participate in the TL on call consultation rotating roster. Requiring the Leadership member to be available after hours on occasion to receive phone consults from the Crisis Intervention Team.
  • Along with specific responsibility for managing the Criminal Justice Advocacy and Court Assistance Programs, the holder of this position is also a member of the Leadership Team and is expected to contribute to the following overall DVCS aims:
  • To reduce harm arising from domestic and family violence in the ACT by providing a holistic crisis intervention, legal advocacy and community support service:
  • To effect positive and informed change in the public and policy domain around domestic and family violence and the structures and systems that support it
  • To ensure continued availability of service by remaining relevant, responsible and viable in a challenging and changing environment


Legal Advocacy Team Leader will require the following skills, experience and capabilities:

  • Relevant expertise managing/supporting victim survivors at high risk of serious harm or lethality
  • Able to prioritise competing tasks and ensure deadlines are met and expectations managed when issues arise
  • Well developed skills in leading a diverse and multidisciplinary team to achieve positive outcomes for clients
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and delivering comprehensive and high quality reports for funding agencies and governing bodies.
  • Strong knowledge of Family and Domestic Violence and its impacts across the community, particularly in relation to court processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and referral work including telephone crisis work and the ability to make sound judgements and appropriate referrals in crisis situations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and the issues that face people who are affected including people with complex needs who require a range of system responses
  • Well-developed client centred responses for people who are experiencing or have experienced trauma
  • The ability to work in a diverse team of people with a focus on leading and maintaining a growth mindset regarding personal development and team development
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business
  • A demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, inclusion and diversity
  • Current Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Current driver’s licence


Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the SCHCADS Award level 8.1 to level 8.3. Salary commensurate with qualifications, demonstrated skills and experience.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. Men are also encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions or queries about this position please contact Louise Cutting on 02 6280 6999 or via email at [email protected] using the subject line: Legal Advocacy - Team Leader enquiry via EthicalJobs for a confidential chat.

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