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


17 March 2020:

Following new advice from the prime minister in response to the evolving nature of the situation with Covid-19, we have decided to postpone Idva training in Bristol, London, Manchester and Leeds.

We hope to reschedule the training as soon as possible and are also working with our trainers to explore our options for delivering sessions remotely.

We will be in touch soon with further details. 


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:  

Spring 2020 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: 21/01/2020 - 23/01/2020

Block 2: 25/02/2020 - 27/02/2020

Block 3: 31/03/2020 - 02/04/2020

Block 4: 05/05/2020 - 07/05/2020

Applications are now closed for Idva Foundation training in Bristol - please register your interest below to be updated for any future courses we run.

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

Block 1: 11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Block 2: 17/03/2020 - 19/03/2020

Block 3: 21/04/2020 - 23/04/2020

Block 4: 26/05/2020 - 28/05/2020

Applications are now closed for Idva Foundation training in Manchester - please register your interest below to be updated about future courses.

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

Block 1: 31/03/2020 - 02/04/2020

Block 2: 05/05/2020 - 07/05/2020

Block 3: 09/06/2020 - 11/06/2020

Block 4: 14/07/2020 - 16/07/2020

Applications are now closed for Idva Foundation training in London - please register your interest below to be updated about future courses.


The Met Hotel Leeds, King St, Leeds LS1 2HQ

Block 1: 24/03/2020 - 26/03/2020

Block 2: 28/04/2020 - 30/04/2020

Block 3: 02/06/2020 - 04/06/2020

Block 4: 07/07/2020 - 09/07/2020 

Applications are now closed for Idva Foundation training in Leeds - please register your interest below to be updated about future courses.


Register your interest in future courses.

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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