Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse with a Visual Impairment

Build your skills, knowledge and confidence. Improve your professional response and make victims of Domestic abuse with a visual impairment or who are registered blind safer.

The course is vital for ensuring that we are reaching victims with a visual impairment and breaking down the barriers that prevent them from having a multi-agency response to keep them safe and supported.

About the course

From The Unseen report, it is evident that there is a disconnect between visual impairment services and domestic abuse services. They identified that professionals working in one sector would be unaware of the work going on in the other sector. This was viewed negatively as participants felt when seeking support on domestic abuse, their visual impairment was not taken into account, and on the flip side, when seeking support for their visual impairment, identification of domestic abuse was not considered. An interview participant identified that visually impaired people are more likely to have professionals involved in their lives because of the disability, but that these professionals will not necessarily understand domestic abuse.

Read more about the findings and recommendations from report, The Unseen: Blind and partially sighted people’s experiences of domestic abuse

In developing the training we encourage learners to take account of the unique risk factors faced by victims that have a visual impairment or are registered blind and how to safety plan effectively.

We aim to focus on how we can bridge the gaps between victims and services to remove barriers and improve accessibility. The training will consider intersectionality, including the needs of survivors who are doubly disadvantaged when facing sight loss, such as Black, Asian and racially minoritised communities, LGBTQI+ communities and others.


 Applications for Spring 2024 courses are now open

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Course Details

Course Dates available;

  • 18/03/24
  •  27/03/24
  •  02/04/24
  •  11/04/24
  •  18/04/24

Accreditation: The course will be OCN accredited at Level 3 for 1 Credit.

Price: FREE

Format:  The course is one day on-line via zoom.

Assessment: In-course assessment comprised of observation and test of knowledge

Time Commitment: One Day

To be classed as a qualified IDVA you must have completed the IDVA 12 Day Course 

SafeLives is an equal opportunity training provider that is committed to diversity and inclusion. If you need any adaptations or support to complete an application form please email training@safelives.org.uk or call 0117 403 3224.