• Violence Against Women Services Elgin County
  • Suite 26 300 Talbot St, St. Thomas, ON, Canada
  • Nov 13, 2020

Job Description

Violence Against Women Services Elgin County offers 24-hour Drop in Counselling, 24 Hour Help Line, 24 Hour Emergency Shelter, Community Based Care & Counselling for women who have been abused and their children; and Community Based Prevention Through Education.  Help is immediate, respectful, and compassionate.  Each year over 2,000 people find the help they seek. 

Our team is looking for highly skilled candidates with a steady presence and strong work ethic to join our agency in a full-time capacity as Community Care Leads.   

The Community Care team works in Aylmer, St. Thomas, and West Lorne serving women and children as they pursue their hopes for safer lives.  The team also supports women and families who are past residents of Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter. Care includes risk assessment and safety planning; holding the space for each person to be heard and believed; offering counselling and practical support to manage the effects of abuse on day to day life; providing sexual abuse counselling; offering navigation through family court and legal systems; and assistance for women and families seeking a new place to call home.

Qualifications needed for this role include a strong commitment to the vision, mission, values, and framework of the agency.  A nimble spirit is also necessary to be comfortable with and remain grounded on days when things go differently than planned. You will also need:
  • A sound analysis and understanding of societal inequities including violence against women and children and its effects
  • Appropriate combination of training and experience in a related social service field
  • Post-Secondary Degree in Social Work or equivalent degree in relevant field
  • Excellent relationship skills effective both in person, on the phone, and as part of the agency team.
  • Experience in dynamic risk assessment and safety planning; crisis intervention; counselling with women who have been abused including sexual abuse survivors; group facilitation with women and children, system navigation; and housing advocacy
  • Knowledge of criminal and family law and the local service system pertaining to women who have been abused and their children
  • Proficiency in office computer programs (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to lift up to 30lbs

Clear Criminal Reference Check, current CPR/First Aid certification, valid driver’s license, and access to a reliable vehicle are mandatory.  It is necessary to work flexible hours including a variety of shifts and weekends when needed and to be part of the agency 24 hour on-call system.

Please forward your resume and cover letter via email to   We thank all applicants.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COVID-19 considerations:
As an essential service, we have remained open during COVID-19. We utilize standard infection prevention and control practices to manage risk.