What does the IRIS+ training look like?
The brief face-to-face training includes discussion of:
• The impact of domestic violence on women, men and children
• The kinds of medical presentations that might be associated with domestic violence and abuse
• How primary healthcare professionals (including GPs, practice nurses, health visitors, drug and alcohol workers) can safely ask about and record domestic violence and abuse
• Safeguarding and supporting children exposed to domestic violence and abuse
• Engaging with men who are victims and/or perpetrators (particularly those identified in third party reports)
• The specialist support offered by the IRIS+ advocate educators and how primary healthcare professionals can refer to this service
• Managing ongoing relationships with all patients including members of the same family
The training sessions are jointly delivered by one of the IRIS+ Advocate Educators and a practicing GP. For part of the training, a social worker who is local to the GP practice and who can offer information and guidance around working with children exposed to domestic violence and abuse, joins the delivery team.
The IRIS+ intervention also includes the release of a medical records prompts system and a dedicated online resource for primary healthcare professionals supporting the face-to-face training.