Safer Places is a registered provider for the OCNLR Level 3 Qualifications in Domestic Abuse: Prevention and Early Intervention, formally known as the Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) Course. This course is designed for adult professionals working with families affected by domestic abuse. 

This qualification gives practitioners the core skills required to support survivors such as understanding their individual and diverse needs, common responses to abuse and how to empower survivors to live a safer life, free from abuse. You will learn the importance of taking a coordinated community response to safety and the typologies and behaviours of perpetrators in order to break the cycle of abuse. 

How long is the course?

The IDVA course is made up of 5 modules, each module consists of 3 full training days. The overall time-frame to complete the qualification, including feedback and certification is 6 months. 

This course is worth 30 CPD Credits. 


What Will I learn?

Module 1 - Core Skills

This module will give you the core skills that you need to support a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse within a multi-agency setting, including the impact of working with trauma and personal safety for professionals.

Module 2  - Supporting families 

 You will cover housing options, including relevant legislation, civil and criminal justice remedies and specialist services for specific needs such as substance misuse, mental ill health, self harm and suicide.

Safeguarding runs as a golden thread throughout all domestic abuse work, but this module will specifically give you the confidence to apply safeguarding legislation for both adults at risk and children and young people in practice.

Model 3 Case Management

This module will give you the tools you need to practice good case management. You will cover risk assessment, safety planning, case notes, information sharing and MARAC and MAPPA processes. 

Module 4 - Understanding Domestic Abuse

Building on the foundation from previous modules, this module will help you to understand the in-depth dynamics of domestic abuse. You will learn about perpetrator typologies, different types of abuse, such as Forced Marriage (FM) and Forced Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Honour Based Abuse (HBA), the impact of abuse on diverse communities and best practice when responding to survivors. 

Module 5 - IDVA

This module draws on all of the previous modules and will give you the confidence to put your new found knowledge into practice. 

Who is the Course for?

The IDVA course is designed for anyone who supports victims of domestic abuse or wishes to increase their understanding of domestic abuse and the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families. One year’s experience working with victims of domestic abuse is desirable.

There is five workbook assessments’ to complete in the form of a question and answer.

Upcoming Dates

NEXT AVAILABLE SPACES ARE FOR MARCH 2021. Book your space now. 

The next IDVA qualification will be delivered on the following dates:

Module one

1/2/3 March 2021


Module two

5/6/7 April 2021


Module three

3/4/5 May 2021


Module four

7/8/9 June 2021


Module five

5/6/7 July 2021


How much does it cost?

The cost of the IDVA qualification delivered online is £950. 

We can offer a payment plan for self-funders. 

How do I book?

Please complete the learning application form to register your interest and one of the trainers will be in touch to complete an individual learning plan.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to hear about our other training. After you complete this form you will receive an email from the training department, please check your spam/junk folder. 

 Complete the Learner Application Form