Independent domestic violence advisor


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Our Idva training courses are for Idvas, domestic abuse practitioners and service managers with a caseload. The course will help you enhance your practical knowledge, helping you provide the best possible support for domestic abuse victims, survivors and their children.

The training is supported by relevant specialists from many different fields, including the criminal justice system, family law, child protection, sexual assault referral centres (Sarcs) and housing services.

98% of learners told us they felt more confident in their role after receiving our Idva training

The course will support you to:

  • help victims and their children feel safer through the provision of a quality Idva response
  • develop your confidence and skills through group work, coaching and one-to-one feedback sessions
  • share experience and best practice with other Idva learners
  • improve practice within your service

Expert level training

Our four day Idva Expert course is OCN accredited. For those who have already completed a SafeLives Foundation course in a different subject area it will allow them to build towards a Diploma. For those who have completed Women's Aid Certificate in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse or want to develop their practice experience, the course will contribute towards your CPD. 

Join us and learn about the essential topics for practitioners supporting people at high risk of serious harm or murder as a result of domestic abuse. You will look at the role of an Idva in the multi-agency response to domestic abuse, and hear from our guest speakers on:

  • the police response
  • cps
  • sarc
  • stalking

Idva Expert course details:

Location: London

Dates: 5th – 8th Feb 2019

Price: £795

Subsidies: We're pleased to be offering a limited number of subsidised places at £550 for charities with an annual income of less than £1 million. These are very limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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Foundation level training

Our Foundation level training is for people who are new to SafeLives training and covers what we consider to be the essential skills for anyone working with people affected by domestic abuse. It also covers the four day Idva Expert content outlined above. 

Applications for our upcoming Idva foundation courses are currently being processed but there is still time to join the waiting list for our Bristol Idva Foundation course. You can also register your interest in future courses or apply for our upcoming Young People Foundation course

Idva Foundation course details: 

Location: Bristol

Block 1: 29th - 31st January 
Block 2: 26th - 28th February
Block 3: 26th - 28th March
Block 4: 23rd - 25th April 

Our Bristol course is full but you can still apply to join our waiting list: apply now

Location: Manchester

Block 1: 12th - 14th February
Block 2: 12th - 14th March
Block 3: 9th - 11th April
Block 4: 7th - 9th May

Applications for our Manchester course are now closed and are currently being processed. If you've submitted an application, we'll be in touch soon. 

Location: London

Block 1: 2nd - 4th April
Block 2: 20th April - 2nd May
Block 3: 28th - 30th May
Block 4: 25th - 27th June

Applications for our London course are now closed and are currently being processed. If you've submitted an application, we'll be in touch soon. 

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Contact us

For queries about eligibility, pricing or any other questions, call our training team on 0117 403 3224 or email