Improving the general practice response to domestic violence and abuse

What is IRIS+?

IRIS+, which stands for Enhanced Identification and Referral to Improve Safety, is a feasibility study. The IRIS+ training and advocacy intervention is extending the successful IRIS project. IRIS, which involves increasing the identification, documentation, and referral of female victims of domestic violence and abuse and survivors of abuse within GP surgeries, has already been proved to work and is currently commissioned in over 30 sites in England and Wales.

Aims of IRIS+

We know that for many victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse the GP surgery is the one place they can be seen alone. We also know that male and female victims and survivors feel that it would be appropriate for their GP or nurse to ask them about domestic violence and abuse.

IRIS+ aims to improve the general practice response to domestic violence and abuse by training primary healthcare professionals and providing a direct and simple referral pathway to a local specialist service. The intervention model incorporates training about, and a referral pathway for:

• male victims/survivors and perpetrators
• female perpetrators (as well as victims/survivors)
• children exposed to domestic violence and abuse

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