Responding to victims of sexual violence

SafeLives Isva training on sexual violence


Responding to victims of sexual violence has been developed in conjunction with Ynys Saff Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Cardiff.

Evidence gained through the SafeLives Insights service suggests that many practitioners lack the confidence needed to ask their clients about sexual violence; the course has been designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence, improve your professional response and make victims of sexual violence safer.

In addition, if you are a SafeLives-trained Idva, completion of this course will also enable you to practice as an Isva.

Responding to victims of sexual violence has been approved by the Home Office.


How can this training help you?

Topics that will be addressed as part of the specialist training will include:

  • practical and reflective learning and content
  • professional training delivered by Roxanne Hammonds (manager of Ynys Saff, Cardiff Sarc)
  • guest speakers include Zoe Lodrick, a sexual trauma specialist and a police trainer
  • opportunities to connect and share best practice with other professionals
  • free practitioner resources
  • the opportunity to qualify as an Isva, if you are already a SafeLives-trained Idva.


If you're new to SafeLives training choose Foundation level

The first eight days of all of our foundation courses cover what we consider the core essentials for anyone working with victims of domestic abuse. The final four days focus on a specialist subject - in this case, sexual violence. 


Choose Expert level if you've completed a 12 day course with us before

Our expert level courses are designed for learners who have already attended foundation training in one subject and want to top up their knowledge by attending a shorter (four day) course in a new field. We will only accept individuals at expert level who have completed a foundation course with SafeLives.


Course information

Foundation Level (12 days)
Dates and locations: 
to be announced
Price: Full fee: £2400, Reduced fee: £1950*

Complete the sexual violence (Isva) foundation level training and receive Certificate in Domestic Abuse OCNLR Level 3

Applications are currently closed. Register your interest and you will also be amongst the first to know when they open. We aim to hold training in areas where we know there is demand, so it's also an opportunity to tell us whereabouts you are.


Expert level (4 days)
Dates and locations: London | Tues 25 to Fri 28 April 2017 | MSE Meeting Rooms
Price: Full fee: £795, Reduced fee: £550*

For learners who have already completed a SafeLives foundation (12 day) course. Complete two expert-level training courses and qualify for the diploma ‘Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention’.

* For registered charities with an annual income of less than £1m. There are a limited number of reduced fee places available so early applications are advised.


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