IRIS (Identification and Referral to Increase Safety) is a GP based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme. Funded by the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and Cwm Taf University Health Board the project will operate initially for 2 years.
Core areas of the programme are training and education, clinical enquiry, care pathways and an enhanced referral pathway to specialist domestic violence services. It is aimed at women who are experiencing DVA from a current partner, ex-partner or adult family member. IRIS also provides information and signposting for male victims and for perpetrators.
IRIS is a collaboration between primary care and third sector organisations in Cwm Taf specialising in DVA namely; Safer Merthyr Tydfil and Women’s Aid RCT. An advocate educator is linked to general practices and based in a local specialist DVA service. The advocate educator works in partnership with a local clinical lead to co-deliver the training to practices.
IRIS is due to commence in Cwm Taf on 1st October 2015. For further information please contact Amy Grainger on (01685) 353999 or Hayley Beasley (01443) 400791.