Position: Violence Prevention Support Worker
Established in 1969, REACH is a Community Health Centre with a history of primary care innovation. REACH is dedicated to providing high quality integrated health care in East Vancouver to families and individuals of all ages. We focus on clients with complex social, mental or physical needs. REACH offers a widely respected interdisciplinary approach to care within our medical, dental, pharmacy, UPCC and multicultural family centre.
The Violence Prevention Support Worker is intended to increase support for people who have been victims of gender-based violence in the Arabic Speaking Community. The VPSW understands the dynamics of violence, importance of community partnerships and has the skills to support people who have been victims and the skills to coordinate projects. The project will address gender-based violence through a diversity of methods: support groups, educational, talking circles and one to one support. Key areas will be prevention, support, resources and education. This role reports to the MFC Manager. This is a new role, so the VPSW should be able to adapt and be flexible in taking on new tasks, and giving input into how their role can best serve REACH’s clients and the community.
- Provide on-site assistance to people who have been victims of violence or sexual assault, and refer and direct them to appropriate resources.
- Provide aid in leaving abusive relationships through assistance to access transition houses and shelters.
- address and reduce gender-based violence through prevention, support and education.
- Develop and organize support groups and one on one support for victims of gender-based violence.
- Work collaboratively with REACH staff to develop and provide feedback on content and resources
- Build and maintain relationships with organizations, communities, and key stakeholders to ensure effective support for Arabic speaking community
- Report to MFC manager to ensure the program is responsive to community feedback and accessible to all people who would access REACH.
- Maintain and report on costs and keep project within budget.
- Actively participate in Outreach Committee meetings.
Team and centre activities:
- Participates actively in staff meetings
- Participates in the overall activities of the health centre such as in-service training, committees, special events and shared staff responsibilities.
- Communicates clearly, listens accurately, is open to feedback, handles conflict appropriately, and displays sensitivity to others.
- Collaborates well with others, promotes cooperation and teamwork.
- Participates in REACH’s commitment to becoming discrimination free and an inclusive health centre and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
- Maintains the reputation and confidentiality of the health centre and its clients at all times.
- Adheres to all applicable REACH policies and procedures.
Many forms of education and lived and work experience are valued and will be equally considered, including volunteering and lived experience of mental illness, addiction, and/or abuse;
Minimum education and experience include:
- A certificate/diploma in community social services
- One year of recent, related work experience, including working in gender-based services with an emphasis on mental health, violence and/or social services.
- Or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training and experience.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification an asset.
- Knowledge and/or experience of the dynamics of the spectrum of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse.
- Knowledge and skills necessary for working from a trauma-informed perspective, including an understanding of intergenerational trauma and impacts of trauma on individuals, workplaces, and communities.
- Comfortable working with people who are struggling with substance use and/or mental and spiritual wellness.
- Experience in crisis intervention and prevention.
- Experience designing and facilitating groups.
- Able to work collaboratively with other staff, family and with external service providers.
- Sound knowledge of gender-based violence services and resources around Vancouver and able to establish and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with agencies and resources.
- Able to identify and work to increase program participant strengths
- Able to analyze problems and develop effective solutions
- Must pass a Criminal Records Search for working with vulnerable adults and children
- Ability to speak a second language is an asset.