Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is a significant public health problem, with devastating impacts on the women affected, and substantial associated health and societal costs.
IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) is a primary-care-delivered, evidence-based intervention to improve the health, safety and experience of women affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Our Phase IV implementation study across 200 east London general practices determined the real-life impact of rolling out IRIS training in general practice on identification and referral of women experiencing DVA.
Our research on IRIS implementation showed:
- practices with IRIS saw a 30-fold increase in referrals received by DVA service providers
- practices without IRIS saw no increase in referrals
- a 6-month disruption to IRIS led to a 70% reduction in referrals, demonstrating that continuous funding and staffing of IRIS as a system level programme is needed.
- the IRIS programme is cost-effective for the NHS and cost-saving for society.
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