IRIS - Domestic Violence

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

The IRIS project is an exciting and innovative opportunity for all Islington GPs, Practice Nurses, HCAs, 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 (domestic violence and abuse 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 to the Service. 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.

Eligibility criteria


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


  • 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)
  • Only clinicians from IRIS trained practices are able to refer patients to DVA support services via this route.

How to Refer Self Referral


t: 07500865315 (GPs to provide IRIS with patient name, contact number and safe time to contact)

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. 

IRIS is open Monday-Friday, 9.00-17.00

IRIS Pilot at Islington Central - Confidential Domestic Abuse Support Afternoon Drop-In

Every other Thursday, 14:00-17:00, from 22nd November an IRIS Advocate Educator will be available at Islington Central Medical Centre to provide support and advice to women experiencing domestic abuse.

The advocate educator will offer guidance and support to all Islington practice staff as well as patients.

View leaflet for further details or contact:


t: 0203 795 9246