IRIS is a general practice-based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme.

IRIS ensures that primary care practitioners can respond effectively to domestic violence and abuse and that specialist support is available for patients. The programme provides two specialist members of staff, the Advocate Educator (a DVA worker) and the Clinical Lead (a GP/healthcare practitioner) who work together to train practices about DVA. The AE also provides specialist support and advocacy services for patients affected by abuse.

As women are most likely to be affected by domestic violence and abuse, the service primarily supports women (aged 16 and above) who are experiencing DVA from a current partner, ex-partner or adult family member. However, IRIS also recognises that abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation and the programme supports all patients affected by domestic violence and abuse, including male survivors of DVA and survivors in LGBT relationships.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone can access support that recognises issues of identity, discrimination and inequality and that the service is responsive to each individual’s needs.

IRIS trained practices are ‘domestic abuse aware’ and are a safe place to disclose abuse and access support. For more information on IRIS please contact our specialist worker Advocate Educator Hayley Lenton, who will provide training and support for GP's and support and advocacy for patients. Hayley can be contacted by email on or by calling 02476 444 077.

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