Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS)

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Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is a public health issue. Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) is a general-practice based DVA training, support and referral programme for primary care staff.

The IRIS project is an exciting and innovative opportunity for all Islington GPs, practice nurses, healthcare assistants, practice managers, and administrative staff to receive free training. It is a targeted intervention for patients ( female/male) aged 16 and above experiencing current or former DVA (including female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so called “honour” based violence) from a partner, ex-partner or family member. IRIS provides clear care pathways for all patients living with abuse as well as information and sign-posting for perpetrators.

The IRIS Project is designed to provide a quick and direct referral route to the domestic violence advocate-educator (AE). The AE is a specialist worker linked to GP practices and based in local domestic abuse service, which is Solace Women’s Aid in Islington. The GPs also encourage the patients to call the IRIS service and make referrals. The AEs work closely with victims (women and men) who have been affected by domestic and/or sexual violence. The AEs aim to see the patients at the GP surgeries and carry out risk assessment and safety planning with the survivors/patients. All our services work in a holistic and empowering way so that service users can live independent lives free from abuse.

IRIS is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

You can contact IRIS advocate educators for further help at any time.

Salema t: 07483 014 462

Saliha t: 07717 666 228 

Virtual drop-in sessions, weekly

Solace is running confidential weekly IRIS virtual drop-in sessions to support Islington GPs with case discussions about DVA. 

See the event listing, for details.


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

Female/male victims/survivors of domestic and sexual abuse registered with participating GP practices in Islington

  • aged 16+
  • who have experienced, are currently experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence and abuse. This includes:
    • domestic abuse
    • sexual violence
    • forced marriage
    • “honour” based violence

Please note: Only clinicians from IRIS-trained practices are able to refer patients to DVA support services via this route.

Exclusions

  • perpetrators of domestic abuse or sexual violence
  • IRIS is not able to support sexual violence cases outside of a DVA context and will only accept referrals for people who have experienced sexual violence in the context of intimate partner violence (either current or historic)

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Healthcare professionals

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > Social Services  > IRIS Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Referral Form

GPs need to manually add a contact number and safe time to contact the person in need before emailing the form.

e: islington.iris@nhs.net

IRIS will call the patient in need and do a risk assessment and safety planning with them. IRIS will discuss a tailor-made support plan and will safety plan and explore options with regards to housing, legal options, welfare advice and can advocate for the patient with other agencies.