IRIS Programme

IRIS programme 

Identification and Referral to Improve Safety

IRIS programme is a service which aims to promote and improve healthcare response to domestic violence. It is a training, referral and advocacy model which trains clinicians to support their patients who have been affected by domestic violence, and to increase awareness of DV within general practice.

The training we provide is for clinical professionals and the administrative staff within the local practices.  The programme provides a direct and trusted source for advocacy for patients following disclosure. The IRIS programme is an evidence-based, effective and cost-effective intervention to improve the primary care response to DVA and is nationally recognised.

"We deliver the IRIS programme (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety), it is a general practice-based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme. IRIS ensures that primary care practitioners can respond effectively to domestic violence and abuse and that specialist support is available for patients. The programme provides two specialist members of staff, the Advocate Educator (a DVA worker) and the Clinical Lead (a GP/healthcare practitioner) who work together to train practices about DVA. The AE is based here at (insert name of service) and provides specialist support and advocacy services for patients experiencing abuse.”