Independent domestic violence advisor

Idva training for independent domestic abuse advisorsIdva training to meet your needs

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:  

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. 



Bristol CC20G:

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

Time: 09:00 – 16:30

Block 1: 10/11/2020 - 12/11/2020

Block 2: 15/12/2020 - 17/12/2020

Block 3: 19/01/2021 - 21/01/2021

Block 4: 02/03/2021 - 04/03/2021

Manchester CC20H:

Location: Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre

Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW

Time: 09:00 – 16:30

Block 1: 02/11/2020 - 04/11/2020

Block 2: 08/12/2020 - 10/12/2020

Block 3: 12/01/2021 - 14/01/2021

Block 4: 23/02/2021 - 25/02/2021

The application link will be available on our website via the following link at 11:11AM on Friday 7 August 2020.


The situation may need to be reviewed again in line with the evolving government advice on Coronavirus. However, our current intention is to deliver on these dates and we wanted to make contact so you have a long enough period of notice to ensure your availability, as all learners are required to complete at least 11 days of training for accreditation purposes.

SafeLives are taking the Government safety guidance on Covid-19 very seriously and will be implementing safety procedures in terms of numbers of learners per training venue etc.

You can find out more about Covid-19 in terms of  Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services here on our website: https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

Unfortunately, we will not organise any new courses in London and Leeds this term due to previous delays in Spring due to Covid-19. Our next courses in these locations will be organised in Spring 2021.

Register your interest in future courses, including London and Leeds Spring 2021.

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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 training@safelives.org.uk