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

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. 

Idva Foundation course details:  

Applications for our upcoming Autumn 2019 Idva foundation courses are currently being processed.

You can also register your interest in future courses.

Autumn 2019 Courses

Price: £2,400

Subsidies: We're pleased to be offering a limited number of subsidised places at £1,950 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. 


SafeLives, Suite 2a, Whitefriars,
Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NT

Block 1: 17th – 19th September   

Block 2: 15th – 17th October

Block 3: 12th – 14th November

Block 4: 10th – 12th December

Applications closed - applications under review

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre
Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW

Block 1: 24th – 26th September

Block 2: 22nd – 24th October

Block 3: 19th – 21st November

Block 4: 17th – 19th December

Applications closed - applications under review

OCN Training Boardroom
15 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2SF

Block 1: 5th – 7th November

Block 2: 10th -12th December

Block 3: 7th – 9th January

Block 4: 11th – 13th February

Applications closed - applications under review

Spring 2020

Dates to be released shortly.

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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