For professionals in Wales


SafeLives are pleased to be able to offer Wales-based practitioners fully-funded spaces on specially commissioned training courses for VAWDASV practitioners. These courses are offered as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to the ongoing implementation of the National Training Framework for Wales on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.


Responding to Older People Affected by Domestic Abuse - Specialist Online Course

Course: OP20C – Opva Wales Online - 4-day course

Dates: Tuesday 1st December - Friday 4th December

Timings: 09:30 - 16:00 every day, inc. breaks and 30 mins for lunch.

Our research finds that on average, older people experience domestic abuse for twice as long before seeking help as those aged under 61, and nearly half have a disability.1 Yet, older victims are hugely under-represented in domestic abuse services. 

This training course will help you improve the response to older people in your area who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Our Spotlight on older people and domestic abuse highlighted that older people are often 'hidden' victims of domestic abuse.

As well as experiencing abuse for twice as long before seeking help, older victims are also less likely to attempt to leave in the year before accessing support and are more likely to continue to live with the perpetrator after getting support. 

The course will increase your understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and how it may be different for older people. It will encourage you to consider how age-related factors may impact on a person's experience of abuse, the key risk factors for serious harm, and how to safety plan in a multi-agency context.

Applications are now closed - thank you to all those that submitted an application. We will be in touch very shortly to confirm the outcome and to confirm spaces on the course. 


1 SafeLives Insights data, 2015-16