Independent domestic violence advisor

Idva training for independent domestic abuse advisors

Idva training to meet your needs

Our Idva training course is for Idvas, domestic abuse practitioners and service managers with a caseload. The aim of the course is to enhance your practical knowledge to ensure you are providing the best possible support for domestic abuse victims 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 is designed to enable 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


Foundation or Expert level?

Foundation level is for learners new to SafeLives training. Complete the Idva foundation level training and receive the Certificate in Domestic Abuse OCNLR Level 3. The first eight days of all of our foundation courses cover what we consider the core essentials for anyone working with victims of domestic abuse. The final four days focus on a specialist subject - in this case, Idva. 

Expert level is for learners who have completed a 12 day course with us before. Once you have completed your foundation training in one field you may want to broaden your knowledge on domestic abuse by attending a shorter (four day) course in a new field. We will also accept learners who have completed Women's Aid's Certificate in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse.

Complete two expert-level training courses and qualify for the diploma Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention.

For those working in Wales: Group 4 of the National Training Framework includes those in specialist roles working directly and only with those who have experienced violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. All our certificate and diploma training is suitable for group 4 workers. Attending any expert unit will meet the criteria for CPD as outlined on p.15 of the guidance.


Course details: Foundation

Dates and locations: Our Spring 2018 Idva training dates are listed below.

*Please note, these dates are now full. To be placed on the waiting list, please register your interest.*

Prices: Reduced fee - £1,950*, Full fee - £2,400. 

*Please note Home Office bursaries are no longer available.* 

The Miller’s House, Three Mill Ln,
Bromley by Bow, London, E3 3DU

Block 1: 23 – 25th January
Block 2: 20 – 22nd February
Block 3: 20 – 22nd March
Block 4: 17 – 19th April

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

Block 1: 30th January – 1st February
Block 2: 6 – 8th March
Block 3: 10 – 12th April
Block 4: 8 – 10th May

Manchester Idva:
Friend’s Meeting House
6 Mount St, Manchester, M2 5NS

Block 1: 13 – 15th March
Block 2: 10 – 12th April
Block 3: 15 – 17th May
Block 4: 12 – 14th June

Register your interest for Idva Foundation training

Course details: Expert level 

Dates and locations: 12 - 15th June, London
Prices: Reduced fee - £550*,  Full fee - £795

* For registered charities with an annual income of less than £1m. There are a very limited amount of reduced fee spaces and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.*

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Contact us

For queries about eligibility, pricing or any other questions, call our training team on 0117 403 3224 and ask for David Evans or email