PDA: Domestic abuse advocacy (Idaa) training, Scotland

ASSISTSafeLives and Scottish Women's Aid are working in partnership to deliver a professional development award (PDA) in domestic abuse advocacy for practitioners working in Scotland.

“In all the years I have worked in this field this is by far the best training I have ever been on!”

SafeLives domestic abuse training for idvas scotland

Equip yourself or practitioners in your domestic abuse service with the knowledge and skills to offer a consistent, safe and effective response to high risk victims of domestic abuse. 

The course will be led by Lucy McDonald from SafeLives and Fiona McMullen of ASSIST, along with contributions by specialist guest speakers.

The course will be based on key parts of the successful SafeLives foundation Idva training programme which has been developed over the past 11 years in England and Wales and delivered to over 1800 practitioners.

The Professional development award for Scotland has been been tailored to meet the needs of a Scottish audience and validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 


Course content

Block 1

  • Context & skills of IDAA role
  • Pro-social modelling, active listening, Stages of change & Motivational Interviewing
  • Domestic abuse and health
  • Housing options

Block 2

  • SafeLives Dash and safety planning
  • MARAC & multi-agency risk management
  • Case management from referral to closure

Block 3

  • Criminal justice – input from Police Scotland and COPFS
  • Civil law
  • LGBT clients
  • BME clients

Block 4

  • Children and domestic abuse
  • Adult support and protection Sexual abuse
  • Male clients & perpetrator screening 
  • Substance use and domestic abuse
  • Vicarious Trauma



£1,500, with an additional £52 for SQA registration. 

The Scottish Government has generously funded development and previous delivery of the Idaa programme. However, despite continued support of the training, the Scottish Government is unable to fund further courses at the present time. 


Glasgow: The Robertson Trust, Bath Street, G2 4TB

Block 1: 28/29/30th August 2018

Block 2: 2/3/4th October

Block 3: 30/31st October & 1st November

Block 4: 27/28/29th November

Apply for Idaa training here

Next steps


Contact us

For queries about eligibility, pricing or any other questions, call our training team on 0117 403 3224 and ask for Katy Logan or email training@safelives.org.uk