Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse: Certificate

National Recognised Qualification: 24 Credits

Duration: 10 days training

The Certificate in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse is a national recognised qualification and has been endorsed by the Home Office as suitable for the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) role.

What does the course cover?

The Certificate comprises of four units:

• Understanding domestic and sexual abuse/violence within a social and historical context
• Understanding child protection in the context of domestic and sexual violence/abuse
• The role of the domestic and sexual violence/abuse practitioner
• Domestic and sexual violence/abuse partnerships and a co-ordinated community response

The Certificate course is adaptable and accommodates for differences in service provision or legislation in different localities.

Course dates and booking:


Unit 1 – 27th, 28th, 29th May 2020

Unit 2 –25th, 26th June 2020

Unit 3 – 21st , 22nd, 23rd July 2020

Unit 4 – 22nd, 23rd September 2020


Unit 1- 7th, 8th, 9th July 2020

Unit 2- 9th, 10th September 2020

Unit 3- 6th – 8th October 2020

Unit 4- 11th, 12th December 2020


Unit 1- 29, 30th September & 1st October 2020

Unit 2 – 27th, 28th October 2020

Unit 3- 24th, 25th & 26th November 2020

Unit 4- 16th, 17th December 2020


Unit 1- 8th, 9th, 10th December 2020

Unit 2- 13th, 14th January 2021

Unit 3- 9th, 10th, 11th February 2021

Unit 4- 17th, 18th March 2021

Who is this training suitable for?

To undertake the Certificate, you are required to be in a paid role with at least 6 months experience working with survivors in the domestic and sexual abuse/violence sector. It is suitable for:

• Refuge Workers (including Managers)
• Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs)
• Family Workers
• Children Workers
• Outreach Workers.

The course is particularly suitable if you have worked in the sector for some years and now wish to have your knowledge and expertise recognised by a formal qualification including.

It is also appropriate for those who have completed the Award in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Violence/Abuse and wish to progress further.


Women’s Aid members: £1,986
Non- members: £2,286

This includes 1 year DAPA registration- DAPA registration is usually £65 per year.

Registering your qualification

Once you have achieved the Certificate, you will have the choice of joining our Register of Practitioners as a Registered Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate (R- DAPA) .

Alternatively you can register using your current professional title e.g Registered Domestic Abuse Children’s Advocate (R-DACA) or Registered Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (R-IDVA).

The Certificate also qualifies you to enrol for the Diploma in Tackling Domestic Abuse – the highest level of qualification delivered in the sector.

Information for employers

Did you know that we can come to you? If you have a minimum of six members of staff that can attend the 10 required training days for the Certificate, please contact the National Training Centre on 0117 9447190 or [email protected] to find out more.

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