Longford Women’s Link: Domestic Violence Specialist

Longford Women’s Link

Longford Women’s Link
Longford Women’s Link (LWL) is an organisation based in Longford Town which focuses on identifying and addressing key inequalities that prevent women in Longford achieving their full social and economic potential.

The organisation now wishes to recruit a

Domestic Violence Specialist – (DVS) Full Time 35 hours per week

Reporting to the Domestic Violence Coordinator, the DVS will be responsible for the provision of support services to all LWLDVS clients who are experiencing domestic violence, including cases identified as high risk of serious harm or murder. The DVS will co-ordinate a multi-agency response that aims to reduce and manage the risk identified. This involves risk assessment, safety planning, court attendance with victims, support on housing and legal options and service planning.

Working as a DVS is a unique and nuanced role which has been developed through years of learning from our client’s needs and reviewing the effectiveness of the functions of the Domestic Violence Service. LWLDVS is committed to providing a wide range of training and support to employees to assist the development and implementation of the skills of a DVS.

This is a full time, fixed term, one year contract, renewable subject to funding. The successful candidate will be required to go through the Garda Vetting process.


The ideal candidate will have

  • A Degree/diploma in social sciences/social care/counselling or community development disciplines
  • 3 years experience working directly with people as an advocate or supporting people to access their rights and entitlements for themselves
  • A passion to work as and learn the expertise of a Domestic Violence Specialist

Experience of working with victims of domestic violence and other service providers and agencies in a statutory, voluntary, and social or community setting would be a distinct advantage. A working knowledge of a second language would be very useful, but not essential.

Desirable Skills & Competences

The ideal candidate will ideally have a working knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence. They should have a clear understanding of the gender analysis of violence against women and an understanding of the needs of victims experiencing domestic violence. They will be experienced in implementing self-care practices and maintaining personal/professional boundaries.

  • The DVS must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with people from all areas of the community and be comfortable working with clients from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Experience of planning and delivering caseloads, with strong crisis and advocacy skills
  • Must have Good IT skills
  • Knowledge of Family & Criminal law, specifically Domestic Violence Orders, Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act, 197 and the area of Access and Custody would be desirable
  • Knowledge in the area of rights and entitlements would be desirable
  • The DVS will also be able to assist with the monitoring, evaluation, and administration of written statistical reports on the project for management and our external funders. The successful candidate will be required to attend relevant meetings and will provide regular reports to the DVS Coordinator
  • Undertake talks and presentations to local groups and agencies, developing networks and partnerships and increasing the role of the service in the community.
  • The DVS will be required to travel within Longford and must have their own transport and a full clean driving licence.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for appointment to this position.

Letters of application which must be accompanied by a current detailed CV should be submitted to: The Domestic Violence Service Coordinator, Longford Women’s Link, Willow House, Ardnacassa Avenue, Longford or email heather@lwl.ie no later than Monday 24th January 2022 at 5:pm. There will be an initial screening process and successful candidates will be invited to engage in an initial zoom interview with the Domestic Violence Service Coordinator for the first round of the recruitment process. From here, successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview to meet with the Coordinator and CEO in LWL. Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 in Longford Women’s Link.

Longford Women’s Link is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Jan, 2022
Co Longford
Expiry Date
24th Jan, 2022