Domestic Family Violence (DFV) Specialist Worker - Court Advocacy Services

Job Title: Domestic Family Violence (DFV) Specialist Worker - Court Advocacy Services
Contract Type: Permanent Recruitment
Location: Newcastle
Reference: 878213
Contact Name: Chelsea Farrar
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 21, 2024 17:00

Job Description

  • Meaningful work supporting positive change in the community

  • Join a committed and passionate team

  • Above award conditions including a 9-day fortnight

About the company

Carrie’s Place provides domestic and family violence and homelessness services to vulnerable people in the Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, and Upper Hunter Valley regions.  Carrie’s Place is a safe place for all and has helped change the lives of many in their 40-year history.  Located in East Maitland, Carrie’s Place services are underpinned by the values of social justice.

Their philosophies are based on feminism and human rights and their focus is person centered, based on a strong commitment to the principles of social inclusion and capacity building. 

About the opportunity

The team at Carrie’s Place is excited by the future and the many ways in which they can positively impact the lives of their clients. The primary purpose of this role is to uphold the Organisation’s vision by supporting zero tolerance towards violence and homelessness.

Reporting to the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) Program Manager, the DFV Specialist Worker exercises a high level of responsibility across the WDVCAS Program area and collaborates closely with the Safety Action Meeting Coordinator.

Duties Include:

  • Contacting clients referred to the WDVCAS in a timely manner, conducting a threat assessment to ascertain their current risk status and undertaking safety planning to address a client’s immediate safety needs.

  • Liaising with the Safety Action Meeting Coordinator to ensure all clients assessed as “a serious threat’ are placed on the agenda for the next Safety Action Meeting when necessary.

  • Providing relevant information and making warm referrals to a range of service providers to assist clients with their ongoing needs.

  • Attending court on AVO list days and other days as required to provide information, assistance and court advocacy for WDVCAS clients as directed by the WDVCAS Manager.

  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key WDVCAS partners, including NSW Police Force, local courts, legal representatives and referral agencies in order to facilitate client access to those agencies and services.

About you

The successful candidate will be a team player, an excellent communicator, with a commitment to feminist philosophy, social justice, and human rights. You will value ongoing reflection and review of your practice and be proactive in gaining the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate and current evidence-based support to clients.

In addition, we are looking for:

  • Tertiary qualification in social science or related field (Minimum Diploma level)

  • Understanding of domestic and family violence, its complexities and consequences

  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence including AVO applications and criminal prosecutions and related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration and victim’s compensation issues.

  • Ability to work with the local community to promote awareness of domestic and family violence and WDVCAS services.

  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in negotiation, advocacy and conflict resolution.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis and provide appropriate, trauma-informed support.

  • Demonstrated ability to network and develop working relationships with the local community and stakeholders.

This role requires a current Working with Children Check, relevant NSW Police Force check, COVID Vaccination Certificate, and current unrestricted Driver’s Licence.

Please note this role is designated for a female under section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act.


The position is offered at SCHADS Level 5.1 and has the benefit of a 9-day fortnight (70 hour working fortnight). As Carrie’s Place is a not-for-profit this position also has the benefit of salary sacrificing up to $15,900, increasing the overall salary package. 5 weeks annual leave and personal wellbeing allowance is also on offer.

How to apply

To access a copy of the Success Profile Pack including a detailed position description, please click here. To learn more about the key responsibilities and company culture of this opportunity, please contact Chelsea Farrar on 02 4927 2027 for a confidential discussion.

Please submit your response with a cover letter and tell us about your interest in the role and how your experience relates to the position. More information about the role can be found on our website.

Please don’t delay your application as we will commence interviews immediately.