Identification and Referral to Improve Safety of women experiencing domestic violence (IRIS) project – The Health Foundation (UK) – 11 February 2011

Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: General Practice | Tags: , |

Identification and Referral to Improve Safety of women experiencing domestic violence (IRIS) project – The Health Foundation (UK) – 11 February 2011

Case study: Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS)

“Domestic violence is a severe breach of human rights, with profound health consquences, particularly for women, who experience a greater proportion of domestic violence than men.

It is a major public health issue, and a risk factor for chronic ill health and premature death in women. Nevertheless, in primary care it is under-recognised and under-treated.

A training and support programme called Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) is working to change this. The results from the first stage of the programme show a marked increase in referral to specialist domestic violence services, and significant improvement in the identification of women experiencing domestic violence.

The programme is now in its implementation phase, with a target of 12 primary care trusts (PCTs) for initial roll-out of the service.”

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