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 


Foundation level training

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our Idva Foundation training to be delivered entirely online. The new format offers the same learning outcomes and the learner feedbacks we received so far are very positive.

Format: 12 day online course

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. 

Covid-19 updates:

1. Will online training impact my accreditation?

No, our accrediting body, OCN, have confirmed that we can use this online format to meet all the required learning hours and ensure the course learning outcomes are achieved.  Those who attend the live training sessions on the scheduled dates and times specified above will have that attendance registered.

2. Will the accreditation process change if I attend online?

No, you will still complete 4 worksheets in order to pass the Idva foundation course. All the information you need will be available to you on Moodle, our online learning platform, and fully explained by your trainer on Day 1 of the course.

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


Application links to our Spring 2021 courses (CC21A, CC21B and CC21C) are now closed. Thank you very much for your interest. Our next openings will be in Autumn 2021.

To keep updated on our next scheduled Foundation courses, please register your interest


Specialist level training

Price: £795

Subsidies: We're pleased to be offering a limited number of subsidised places at £550 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.

Our four day Idva Specialist 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:

  • Police Response
  • CPS
  • SARC
  • Stalking

No course schedule yet, to keep updated on our next scheduled Specialist courses, please register your interest.


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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