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    We are an expanding non profit organisation that originally started with two people in an office, today there are over 100 in our team and we help over 84,000 victims every year get the advice they need, so we are always looking for new people to join our team. Below you will see a number of opportunities, if any interest you please contact the email address shown.

    We have enabled all our our staff who are not training to work from home, providing them with the necessary equipment and support. Those staff that do come to our office in Guildford either from time to time or for their training will be assured that we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure a Covid safe office environment.

    Trainee Paralegal – Graduates Only

    Office Based – Guildford, Surrey

    Full time – Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm

    NCDV is the leading organisation in the UK helping victims of domestic abuse to obtain an emergency injunction to protect them from their abuser. Approximately 35% of all UK injunctions are obtained with the assistance NCDV provides.  NCDV provides a free, fast emergency service to those in need regardless of their personal circumstances.       

    The role of a caseworker involves working directly with those who have suffered domestic violence and abuse. It is challenging, in that you will hear from these vulnerable persons exactly what they have suffered so you can assist them in making an application to the Court for protection from their abuser. However, it is extremely rewarding when you learn the positive effect, you and your work has had on their life.

    This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate who has just completed their degree in Law.

    Main Duties

    This role will primarily involve interviewing clients over the phone and drafting their witness statement, drafting all necessary legal paperwork to enable the client to make their court application for an injunction.

    Caseworker

    • A Law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law with a strong academic background.
    • A proactive approach with an ability to work independently
    • Strong communication skills both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate effectively, positively & professionally.
    • Self-motivated, clear thinking and able to carry out case work accurately with attention to detail.
    • Practical, calm & common sense approach to problem solving.
    • Excellent computer literacy skills and knowledge of Microsoft word.
    • Be able to successfully manage your time to ensure that you help as many clients as possible.
    • Fluent in English both verbally and in written communication.
    • Knowledge of a second language would be great but not essential.
    • Excellent telephone manner
    • Excellent typing skills
    • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment dealing with matters of a sensitive nature.

    Hours

    • This is a full time, permanent position working 37.5 hours a week Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm
    • This role will be based in our Guildford offices

     

    The Benefits

    • The successful candidate will be provided with full training
    • Salary of £20,319 Per Annum.
    • 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
    • NEST Pension
    • Potential to apply for a Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme to obtain SQE1 and SQE2
    • Career progression to National Legal Service

    Case Worker - Internship

    Office Based – Guildford, Surrey

    Full time – Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm

    This role is to work for the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) as a Case Worker where you will join a highly skilled and motivated workforce. NCDV is the leading organisation in the UK helping protect victims of domestic abuse by obtaining emergency civil injunctions on their behalf. NCDV provides a free, fast emergency service to those in need regardless of their financial circumstances.    

    About the role          

    You will be working directly with victims of domestic abuse and provide legal support from the first instruction to preparing the application for Court. The objective of the role is assist victims as quickly as possible with proficient legal skills and attention to detail.

    Caseworker

    Working on both Legal Aid and Pro bono cases you will be:

    • Interviewing clients
    • Drafting Court Applications
    • Drafting Witness Statements
    • Handling calls
    • General office admin and support as required

     

    Helpline Advising

     

    Acting as the first point of contact you will advise applicants on the best course of action.

     

    • Contacting clients by telephone
    • Assessing their qualification for Legal Aid
    • Assessing merits of their case advising them of the most appropriate course of action

     

     

    About You

    • A proactive approach with an ability to work independently
    • Communicate effectively, positively & professionally
    • Practical, calm & common sense approach to problem solving
    • Law degree student with strong academic background
    • Excellent computer literacy skills

    The benefits

    • Full, in-house training
    • £10,500 per annum pro rata paid monthly

    Process Servers – Nationwide Self-Employed

    National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is a not-for profit organisation set up in 2003 to helping over 8000 victims of Domestic Abuse & Violence obtain protective injunctions against their perpetrators every month.

    NCDV was set up to help victims who cannot afford legal costs obtain Non-Molestation orders, Prohibited Steps orders and Occupation Orders against their perpetrator.

    Once a judge has granted an injunction, the role of the Process Server is to serve this order on the respondent within 24-48 hours. 

    You will be given full contact details of the respondent and their last whereabouts along with a detailed description of the person you are serving, the orders are usually given to the Process Server living within a 40-minute radius of the respondents location. 

    You will be paid a flat fee of £60 per order and you will have to have your own transport, computer and printer, access to a scanner and mobile phone.

    Out 100 strong team already includes many Ex or Retired Police Officers who are looking to continue working under their own time management, this role will suit someone who wants to work for a deserving and invaluable organisation helping victims get their lives back on track.

    To apply click here.

    By Fiona Bawden, Times Online (8th May 2007)

    “Steve Connor, a student at City Law School, is a man on a mission. Six years ago he was a fairly directionless 27-year-old. Today, as well as taking the Bar Vocational Course, he is chairman of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking organisation that he dragged into existence after a friend could not get legal help to protect her from an abusive partner.

    Connor’s route to the Bar has been circuitous. In 2001 he returned from a year in Australia (he says that he would not dignify describing it as a gap year), and took a job as a process server in South London. The job (“I just saw it advertised in the paper”) was not quite as dull as it sounds. On one occasion he was threatened with a machete, on another, he was nearly stabbed by a man he had arranged to meet on Clapham Common to serve with a non-molestation order: “He’d seemed really friendly on the phone…”

    The turning point in his life came when a friend, who was being abused by her partner, turned to him for support. Connor went with her to the police. She did not want to press criminal charges so the police suggested that she visit a solicitor to take out a civil injunction. “We must have seen 12 solicitors in a morning. We just went from one to the next to the next to the next. Everyone was very eager to help until we sat down to fill in the forms for the legal aid means test,” he says. The woman, who had a small child, did not qualify for public funding. But, Connor says, her financial situation as it appeared on paper did not bear any relation to her financial situation in reality. “She had a part-time job and she and her partner owned their home. Yet she didn’t have any money. Her boyfriend was very controlling and controlled all the money; he kept the chequebooks and didn’t let her have access to the bank account.”

    The injustice of the situation got under Connor’s skin. “I just couldn’t believe that there was no help available to people who did not qualify for public funds but could not afford to pay.

    I just kept feeling that this must be able to be sorted if only someone would address it.”That “someone” turned out to be him.

    In 2002, thanks entirely to Connor’s doggedness, the London Centre for Domestic Violence was formed. It started out with him and a friend, but is now a national organisation, covering 27 counties, and has helped approximately 10,000 victims last year to take out injunctions against their partners.

    NCDV now has nine full-time staff, 12 permanent volunteers and has trained over 5000 law and other students as McKenzie Friends to accompany unrepresented victims into court. We have also trained over 8000 police officers in civil remedies available regarding domestic violence. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has branches in London, Guildford and Manchester and is on track to have branches in 16 areas within the next two years.

    NCDV specialises exclusively in domestic violence work and could be characterised as a cross between McDonald’s and Claims Direct. The high degree of specialisation means that its processes are streamlined: clients can be seen quickly and the work is done speedily and cheaply. “Sometimes, we will have one of our trained McKenzie Friends at a court doing 10 applications in one day,” Connor says.

    Clients are not charged for the service. NCDV staff take an initial statement: clients who qualify for legal aid are referred to a local firm; those that don’t get free help from the centre itself. It runs on a shoestring, heavily reliant on volunteers and capping staff salaries at £18,000 a year.

    Steve expects to qualify as a barrister this summer and hopes that having a formal legal qualification will give the centre added clout. “We are already acknowledged as experts and consulted at a high level, so I thought it would be helpful if I could back that up by being able to say I’m a barrister,” he says. He is just about to complete a one-year full-time BVC course at the City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court Law School) and, all being well, should be called to the Bar in July. Although Connor sees his long-term future as a barrister, he says that he has no immediate plans to practise. “I want to get NCDV running on a fully national level. Then I may take a step back and have a career at the Bar.”