For many victims of domestic abuse going to see the doctor is the only safe place they can go without their violent partner present.
Our specialist domestic violence advocate-educators train and support primary care clinicians to recognise domestic abuse and refer their female patients to our service.
The IRIS workers offer emotional and practical support and if appropriate help to access a range of specialist services.
Our IRIS National Implementation Manager is part of the national IRIS team of three managers. The project is part funded by the Department of Health and supports local areas to develop a business case for IRIS, supports with commissioning and the training and roll out of the project. On-going consultancy and support is then provided to commissioners, managers and frontline IRIS workers in each IRIS site.
IRIS is cited as best practice in a number of important documents including the NICE guidance on domestic violence and abuse, the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report and Home Office’s “Domestic Homicide Reviews – Common Themes Identified as Lessons to be Learned”.