Domestic Violence Early Intervention

IRIS is an evidence based scheme helping staff in local doctors’ surgeries identify patients affected by domestic violence, and refer those patients to the practice’s named domestic violence worker for advice and support. The support worker then arranges to speak or meet with the patient within 24 hours to assess risks and plan what support the patient would like.

The IRIS scheme has been shown to identify victims far earlier than other services, allowing support to accessed earlier.

The Alliance co-funds this work with the NHS. The work is currently being evaluated by the University of Birmingham. The evaluation is particularly looking at health related outcomes linked to the IRIS service, recognising that suffering domestic violence is known to frequently lead to poor health.

Further details on the programme and its evidence base are available here, and from the IRISi website. IRISi licenses the IRIS programme.

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