Family Violence Counsellor

Footscray, Australia

Reference: 5570492

  • Salary sacrificing available
  • Inclusive & diverse work culture
  • Fixed-term to December 31st 2021

cohealth is one of Australia's largest community health organisations delivering a range of health and support services across Melbourne's CBD, northern and western suburbs.

Our mission is to strengthen community and make a difference to the lives and wellbeing of people, particularly of those who experience stigma and the risk of marginalisation. We create impact through a powerful combination of advocacy, innovation in service delivery, and partnership with consumers, communities and other stakeholders.

Position overview & purpose

This is an full time, fixed-term position which sits within the Justice Response cluster in the Family Violence team based in Footscray and may include outreach to the west including Werribee.

This position provides specialised family violence counselling service for women and is focused on safety of women and children. Presenting with issues such as trauma, relationships concerns, depression and anxiety.

Key accountabilities

  • To assess risk to women and children who have experienced family violence;
  • Provide counselling services to women experiencing or who have experienced family violence within a framework that acknowledges the gendered nature of family violence;
  • Provide ethical, flexible, professional goal-directed and client-centred counselling services to a range of individuals and families within a systems approach;
  • Provide a case management assistance as required that includes short term casework, referral and advocacy to clients particularly where this would enhance the therapeutic work and/or where other services are not available;
  • Provide services in a manner that are sensitive to each client's background and beliefs (e.g. cultural);
  • Keep abreast of and utilise evidence-based and best practice approaches;
  • Work with other professionals in an inter-professional approach and work with both internal and external stakeholders to provide a coordinated approach that is based on goal directed care-planning;
  • Ensure all reporting, record keeping, data management and other administrative duties are completed in a timely fashion;
  • Maintain knowledge, skills, qualifications, accreditations and registrations through participation in professional development activities;
  • Carry out duties in a manner that does not adversely affect their own health and safety of others by reporting all incidents and injuries as well as cooperating with any measures introduced in the workplace to improve Work Health & Safety (WHS);
  • Comply and adhere to all cohealth policies and procedures including code of conduct and values;
  • Undertake special projects or tasks as required; and
  • Perform all other duties as directed, within the limits of skills, competence and training to maximise flexibility and effectiveness.

Position requirements

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Social Work
  • Eligibility for membership of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Working with Children's Check (WWCC)
  • Victoria Police Check
  • Current Victorian Driver's License

Key selection criteria

  • Proven capacities to work effectively with women impacted by family violence and their children;
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct risk assessments and safety planning for women and children;
  • High Level understanding of impact of trauma and ability to use trauma informed practice interventions;
  • High level of understanding on how family violence affects children and young people;
  • Well-developed capacity for counselling assessment and formulation towards client centred care planning;
  • A sensitivity to, and understanding of, the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds;
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Sound knowledge of information technology systems and software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and client management systems.


Applications Close: 21 Aug 2021