IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve 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 specialising in DVA. An advocate educator is linked to general practices and based in a local specialist DVA service, in Cwm Taf this is Safer Merthyr Tydfil and Women’s Aid RCT. The advocate educator will work in partnership with a local clinical lead to co-deliver the training to approximately 46 practices across Cwm Taf.
IRIS is due to commence on 1st October 2015. Please contact Amy Grainger (01685) 353999 or Hayley Beasley (01443) 400791.