Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury (SASSC) - Clinician  

Aviva is a not for profit organisation that was founded in 1973 as New Zealand’s First Refuge - Christchurch Women’s Refuge (CWR).  However, in 2013 we rebranded from CWR to Aviva signalling a change in focus, but with the same ultimate vision of Aotearoa free from family and sexual violence.

Aviva now offers a comprehensive range of services for people at every stage of their journey towards overcoming family and sexual violence and its enduring effects. In this way, we aim to break the intergenerational family cycle of trauma and harm. Aviva supports people of all ages and all genders, whatever their experience of violence.

In 2016, Aviva co-founded The Loft, a collaborative partnership of community, social and health services and till today Aviva continues to be a social change agency.

We have a permanent position(s), which could be either 1 full time role or 2 part time roles, available in this growing team of professional practitioners to support young people and adults who have experienced sexual violence throughout Canterbury.

The Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury (SASSC) is a 24/7 service that is also supported by an after hours team. 

The role is responsible for providing a professional, timely and safe crisis intervention and navigation service, including social work support, to young people (age 17 and over) and adults with either recent and/or historical experience of sexual violence.

Bringing a strong commitment to Aviva's partnership with START, and a strengths-based approach, the successful applicant will:

·         Be passionately committed to delivering excellent specialist services and overcoming the social inequalities associated with family and sexual violence

·         Be a member, or be working towards membership, of a relevant professional body

·         Have a relevant tertiary social work or similar qualification preferred

·         Ideally have experience of working with adults and young people affected by sexual violence

·         Have excellent interpersonal and record keeping skills

·         Hold a current full or unrestricted driver's license

Our SASSC service is based at The Loft located at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, however our team provides service from North Canterbury through Christchurch down to Selwyn and Ashburton.

All job offers are subject to a clean Police check. Full training and induction will be provided.

If you have a desire to make a positive contribution to our organisation and have knowledge of the effects of sexual violence then we would like to hear from you.

Please download a position description by clicking here and an application form by clicking here. For further information please email

All applications must have a completed Application Form, Covering Letter and CV.

Applications close 14th August 2020. Please note we are intending to hold interviews after this date.