IRIS - Identification and Referral to Improve Safety

IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) is a General Practitioner (GP) based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training support and referral programme. Initially funded by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and now by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board the project is to expand to train up al General Practices in Cardiff and the Vale.

The program was intitially piloted with one partime worker Heather based in Bawso and one partime worker based in CWA covering only two GP clusters however due to it's success the programme has expanded to roll out to all clusters in Cardiff and the Vale.

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 current partner, ex-partner or adult family memeber. IRIS also provide information and signposting male victims and for perpetrators.

IRIS is a collaboration between primary care and third sector organisations specialising in DVA. An Advocate Educator (AE) is linked to general practices and based in a local specialist DVA service in Cardiff and the Vale, this is BAWSO & CWA.

The AE works in partnership with a local clinical lead Dr Jaquie Gantley & Dr Laura Wass to co-deliver the training, as of March 2019 this will be to 40 surgeries in Cardiff and the Vale, they are Cardiff South West, City & South, Cardiff South East, Cardiff North and Cardiff West cluster areas. 

For further information please contact:

Heather or Lorraine in Bawso on 02920 644633


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