We’re Recruiting: LGBTQ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

We’re Hiring: LGBTQ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

In 2020 we celebrated our 45th birthday, and this landmark makes Switchboard the longest-running LGBTQ organisation in Brighton and Hove. This an important and exciting time to be joining the charity, and our vital work has never been more needed.

Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for a sense of community, support or information. We connect people and support them directly, or link them to other specialist organisations. Our dedicated staff team run a number of services that offer information and support, for LGBTQ communities.

We are now looking to recruit an LGBTQ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) for our brand new Domestic Abuse service. This will be one of Switchboard’s 10 frontline projects, working with and supporting LGBTQ victims/survivors of domestic abuse and violence. The post holder will be working closely alongside the CEO and Operations Manager, as well as IDVA colleagues at Switchboard and partner organisations to roll out an exciting 2 year plan to develop and deliver pioneering LGBTQ Domestic Abuse service across Sussex.

This brand new service aims to provide a high level of support to LGBTQ victims and survivors of domestic abuse across Sussex. This role comes with the opportunity to help shape and pilot a holistic, affirmative and inclusive service for our diverse LGBTQ+ communities. The role will include casework with victims and survivors, as well as creative outreach and awareness raising among both the LGBTQ community and the Domestic Violence sector as we promote and grow our new service. If you are a passionate LGBTQ advocate with knowledge of the unique needs and inequalities faced by our communities, and experience of working within a busy frontline role, then we would love to hear from you. The project will involve engaging with LGBTQ groups and individuals, listening carefully the voices of victims and survivors and adapting your approach, building trust and supporting people to access Switchboard as well as other services they may need.


Remuneration: £24,550 per annum rising to £26,500 after probation and SafeLives accreditation

Hours: 37 hours – 5 days per week

Based: At our Brighton offices, some home working in line with Covid-19 restrictions.

Terms: 2 year fixed term contract. 37 flexible hours per week

Annual leave entitlement is based at 25 days for a full-time equivalent leave entitlement, plus additional Christmas closure days and paid bank holidays.


If you are interested in applying, please read the application pack and return an application form to us by 5:00pm Tuesday August 16th 2021.

For your information, interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday August 24th 2021.

If you would like to speak to further about this role, please contact [email protected]

IDVA 2021 Application Pack

Switchboard Application Form 2021