Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

Job Role

LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate for Birmingham

Part-time (18.5 hours per week)

Birmingham LGBT is seeking to recruit a part-time LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) for Birmingham as part of a project whose aim is to ensure that LGBT victims/survivors of domestic violence in Birmingham have access to an LGBT IDVA who will offer support, signposting, advocacy, risk management and safety planning.

We recognise the importance and advantages of diverse workplaces and communities and we acknowledge under-representation in our workforce of Black, Asian and global majority people; people with a Romany or Irish Traveller background, and people with lived experience of migration. We particularly welcome applicants from those backgrounds, identities and lived experiences.

The successful applicant will join a motivated and enthusiastic team based at the Birmingham LGBT Centre in central Birmingham.

Terms: NJC scale point 17 – £26,439 full-time (£13,219 pro-rata), plus up to 5% matched pension contributions.

This position is part-time, 18.5 hours per week, with some evening and weekend work and includes 25 days’ annual leave entitlement full-time (12.5 days pro-rata). It is a 12-month fixed-term contract that may be extended, subject to funding.

Birmingham LGBT is an equal opportunities employer.

The closing date for applications for this position is Sunday 17 March 2024. We will accept applications by email or post.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in early April 2024.

An application pack can be downloaded from this page or can be requested by email to

For more details or an informal discussion about the position, please contact Steph Keeble on 0121 643 0821.


Desired Skills

Criteria Essential Desirable
Education/ Qualifications Good general level of education Safe Lives qualification.
Experience Proven experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence.

Experience of working with members of the LGBT community.

Experience of developing and delivering training.

Experience of multi-agency partnership working.


Abilities/Skills/Knowledge Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to build positive and supportive working relationships with service users.

Working knowledge of the legal system as it relates to victims of domestic violence, and an up-to-date knowledge of criminal and civil legislation relating to domestic violence.

Knowledge of domestic violence in LGBT relationships.

Knowledge and experience of the LGBT  voluntary and community sector.

An understanding of the barriers faced by LGBT people experiencing domestic violence.

Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.

Ability to work effectively on own initiative, with minimal direct supervision.

Ability to work under pressure within a stressful working environment.

Good organisational and administrative skills.

Ability to represent Birmingham LGBT at a variety of levels.

Ability to produce marketing materials and newsletters.

Computer literate.

Understanding of confidentiality issues.

Understanding of issues of diversity and the principles of equal opportunities.

Ability to travel across the area.

General This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975. It will be necessary for a Disclosure to be made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for details of any previous criminal convictions.









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