Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Housing Plus


Housing Plus is a leading community services provider with a 40 year history, delivering a range of affordable accommodation, domestic violence, homelessness and other community services in regional NSW. Our purpose is to achieve healthy, engaged and vibrant communities in which individuals enjoy opportunities to thrive and build a promising future for their families. 

We are now looking for an experienced DFV Specialist to deliver the Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS). This is a new role and service, working closely with the existing Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service and in partnership with Legal Aid NSW. The aim of the FASS is to assist women affected by family violence with their social welfare needs. 

This role is based in Dubbo however will also cover Orange and Broken Hill courts and so some travel will be required.

The DFV Specialist will:  

  • Assess social needs and make appropriate referrals to services that can assist 
  • Provide information, non-legal advocacy and court support during the family law court process 
  • Provide advocacy on behalf of the client with other services and agencies as needed 
  • Undertake risk assessments and safety planning 
  • Liaise with the Family Court about client safety 
  • Attend court on duty list, interim and final hearing days and other days at Orange, Dubbo and Broken Hill Courts as required to provide information, assistance and court support for clients as requested by the client or the Court  

To be successful, you will require: 

  •  Strong experience in Community Services, ideally within the DFV Sector;  
  • Understanding of domestic and family violence, its complexities and consequences; 
  • Understanding of the intersections between domestic and family violence and the family law system; 
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited supervision; 
  • Experience in maintaining boundaries with vulnerable clients in complex situations; 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in advocacy and conflict resolution; 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis and provide appropriate, trauma-informed support; 
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills; and 
  • Current clearance in relation to Working with Children and ability to obtain a National Police Check. 

In return, we can offer you the chance to make a significant contribution to our organisation and community and be part of a passionate and skills team, We can also offer learning and development opportunities, health and well-being program, reward and recognition and salary packaging. 

This is a 2 year, full-time contract. 

Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this role under s.31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Applicants identifying as Aboriginal are encouraged to apply. 

 Please include in your application a cover letter outlining which role interests you and you meet the above requirements 

 Applications close Monday, 25th July 2022 however we will start screening and interviewing any suitable candidates prior to this time so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 



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