Responding to victims of sexual violence

Build your skills, knowledge and confidence. Improve your professional response and make victims of sexual violence safer.

Expert courses:
London: 23 – 26 January 2018 (FULL)
Manchester: 22 – 25 May 2018

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The course is vital for anyone dealing with victims of sexual abuse or violence


About the course

We know from evidence gained through our SafeLives Insights service - and from talking to many of you - that practitioners often feel they lack the confidence needed to ask their clients about sexual violence. This course is designed to address that issue and the feedback we received on our last training suggests it works. In fact over 87% of responses to the quesion, 'Do you feel confident in your ability to carry out your role as an Idva?', stated 'very', or 'extremely', at the end of the training, compared to just 13% of responses before the training.

This course will build your skills, knowledge and confidence, improve your professional response and make victims of sexual violence safer. As part of the training you will be given the opportunity to explore the workings of a SARC, the services and support they can offer. Plus, follow a case study through the criminal justice process from police investigation to court, with support from an expert police speaker.

Responding to victims of sexual violence has been developed in conjunction with Ynys Saff Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Cardiff and approved by the Home Office.

Get qualified

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


A few words from our trainer

Learn how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violenceIn this short video Isva and former manager of Ynys Saff (Cardiff Sarc) discusses how this course helps practitioners feel more confident in responding to a disclosure of sexual violence.


Learner feedback

Informative, interesting. Will significantly improve my response to clients 

I feel confident after this training that I can apply the knowledge in my everyday work


How can this training help you?

As part of the specialist training you can expect

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


Foundation level

We do not have any courses scheduled at this time. To stay informed, please register with our newsletter or join the SafeLives community


Expert level

Our expert level courses are typically designed for learners who have already qualified as an Idva or Young people's violence advisor and want to top up their knowledge by attending a shorter (four day) course in a new field. However, for the Responding to victims of sexual violence course, we will accept applications from practitioners who are already working with victims of sexual violence and who hold a caseload. Contact our training team on to find out more. 

Complete two expert-level and one foundation level training course and qualify for the diploma Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention.

For those working in Wales: Group 4 of the National Training Framework includes those in specialist roles working directly and only with those who have experienced violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. All our certificate and diploma training is suitable for group 4 workers. Attending any expert unit will meet the criteria for CPD as outlined on p.15 of the guidance.

Dates and locations:

  • Expert level: London: 23 – 26 January 2018 (FULL)
  • ​Expert level: Manchester: 22 – 25 May 2018


  • Reduced fee - £550*
  • Full fee - £795

* For registered charities with an annual income of less than £1m. There are a very limited amount of reduced fee spaces at £550 and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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