A programme to help GPs refer domestic violence and abuse (DVA) victims is set to expand across the UK and globally after a new social enterprise organisation was launched. ‘IRIS’ Social Enterprise provides training and support to GPs, practice nurses and other Primary Care clinicians to help them identify and refer women suffering from domestic abuse.

Originally, the IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) scheme started as a project involving 48 practices in Hackney and Bristol from 2007 to 2010 to help GPs identify women experiencing DVA. Later, it was implemented in sexual health clinics.

However, the new social enterprise will target commissioners in an attempt to expand the project.

Under the project, Primary Care and Third Sector organisations specialising in DVA collaborate by linking an ‘Advocate Educator’ from a specialist DVA service to general practices’ local clinical lead.

Since 2010, IRIS has helped more than 8,000 women to receive specialist support through their GP. To find out more and read the full article which appears in Pulse Today, go to:


You can also find out more about IRIS on their website which can be found at: http://www.irisdomesticviolence.org.uk/iris/domestic-abuse-and-health/introduction/