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 research on IRIS implementation showed:
- practices with IRIS saw a 30-fold increase in referrals received by DVA service providers, with no increase in practices without IRIS
- practices without IRIS saw no increase in referrals
- a 6-month disruption to IRIS led to a 70% reduction in referrals
- the IRIS programme is cost-effective for the NHS and cost-saving for society.