Independent domestic violence advisor
Idva 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
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.
Applications for our upcoming Idva foundation courses are currently being processed but there is still time to join the waiting list for our Bristol Idva Foundation course. You can also register your interest in future courses or apply for our upcoming Young People Foundation course.
Idva Foundation course details:
Our Spring 2019 courses are now full. The next cohort of Idva courses will be in Autumn 2019 - see details below.
Autumn 2019 Courses
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: 17th – 19th September
Block 2: 15th – 17th October
Block 3: 12th – 14th November
Block 4: 10th – 12th December
Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre
Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW
Block 1: 24th – 26th September
Block 2: 22nd – 24th October
Block 3: 19th – 21st November
Block 4: 17th – 19th December
OCN Training Boardroom
15 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2SF
Block 1: 5th – 7th November
Block 2: 10th -12th December
Block 3: 7th – 9th January
Block 4: 11th – 13th February
Find out more
- Foundation or Expert level - what course is right for me?
- Idva Foundation Spring 2019 FAQs
- FAQs including What is the time commitment?
- Terms and conditions
For queries about eligibility, pricing or any other questions, call our training team on 0117 403 3224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org