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 four units:

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

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

Course dates and booking:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

May 2021

Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse: Certificate – 18/05/2021 - 15/09/2021 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sep 2021

Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse: Certificate – 21/09/2021 - 15/12/2021 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dec 2021

Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse: Certificate – 07/12/2021 - 09/03/2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Who is this training suitable for?

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

Units 1 and 2 also require a workplace observation to be carried out. We are happy to discuss this prior to your booking should you require.

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.

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: £1,800
Non- members: £2,100

This includes free DAPA registration for 1 year, which 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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