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IRISi is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2017 as the social enterprise responsible for sustaining and expanding the rollout of IRIS, a successful programme which had already been running across the UK for almost a decade. We work to promote and improve the healthcare response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), an issue that disproportionately affects women and girls.

Our Vision is a world in which gender-based violence is consistently recognised and addressed as a health issue.

Our Mission is to promote and improve the healthcare response to gender-based violence by working side by side with health and specialist services.

IRISi values

  • We are collaborative and work in partnership.
  • We are committed to improving practice and to delivering high-quality services.
  • We are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and to cultivating a sense of belongingness.
  • We are passionate and devoted to our cause.
  • ·We believe that hope, strength and resilience are the foundation of our work.

Our Programmes: IRIS and ADViSE

Our flagship programme, IRIS, was developed to improve the general practice response to domestic abuse (DA). The programme was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial between 2007 and 2010 and is tested and proven effective as an intervention for women patients aged 16+ who are experiencing or have experienced DA. Since the trial, we have worked to sustain and expand the rollout of IRIS which is now widely commissioned across the UK and the Channel Islands.

ADViSE is our second programme and adapted IRIS for sexual health clinics. ADViSE encompasses all patients, regardless of their sex or gender identity, and responds to Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (D&SVA).

What do we do and how do we do it?

IRISi works to develop and deliver evidence-based and ground-breaking interventions, aiming to ensure holistic support to victims and survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (D&SVA), issues that disproportionately affect women and girls.

We are a second-tier social enterprise, working side by side to provide services and support to other organisations, rather than delivering front-line services. Our models rely on collaboration between healthcare professionals and third-sector GBV services.

Why should you become an IRISi Board Director?

Board directors are people entrusted to ensure that an organisation works in the best interests of its mission, staff, and beneficiaries. IRISi is a not-for-profit social enterprise and a company limited by guarantee. Board members are ultimately responsible for everything the organisation does and must act in the interests of the organisation and not themselves.

Our current Board has four members who have a mix of experience including clinical, business, healthcare management and start-up support. Members are based across England and Wales, and we have an equal gender balance.

Who are we looking for?

To enable our Board to have a broad range of skills and experiences, we are particularly interested to speak to people with experience/expertise in:

  • Policy development.
  • Financial management for social enterprises.
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse second-tier organisation.
  • English health and social care commissioning.

How to apply?


We have created a full recruitment pack so you can access all the information you might need before applying. All the instructions on how to apply are in the pack, so please click on the link above to download it.

We are also happy to meet with interested candidates who would like to know more about IRISi and join the board. Please contact Sally Harrison (sally.harrison@irisi.org) to arrange an informal conversation with either our Chief Executive or Board Chair.

Closing date for applications: 9.00 am on 12th June 2023.

We will review all applications and invite successful applicants for a 1 hour online interview with a panel including the Board Chair and Chief Executive. The outcome of the interview will be shared within 1 week of the Board interview.

Thank you for your interest in joining our Board!

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AVA is an expert, groundbreaking and independent charity working across the UK.

Their vision is a world without gender based violence and abuse. They aim to  inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage and enable direct service providers to help end gender based violence and abuse particularly against women and girls.AVA’s work is focused around those areas where they can make the best contribution to ending violence and abuse. They do this by making sure that survivors get the help and support they need in the here and now, through providing innovative training that has a proven direct impact on the professional practice of people supporting survivors of violence and abuse

developing a range of toolkits, e-learning and other material that supports professionals to provide effective and appropriate support to survivors of violence and abuse

using our influence and networks to ensure survivors voices are heard. We work closely with AVA in many areas including the Pathfinder project



SafeLives are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Since 2005, SafeLives has worked with organisations across the country to transform the response to domestic abuse, with over 60,000 victims at highest risk of murder or serious harm now receiving co-ordinated support annually. SafeLives are members of the Pathfinder consortium.



Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME). The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence.

They work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls. Imkaan works with it’s members to represent the expertise and perspectives of frontline, specialist and dedicated Black and minoritised women’s organisations that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Imkaan delivers a unique package of support which includes: quality assurance; accredited training and peer education; sustainability support to frontline Black and minoritised organisations; and facilitation of space for community engagement and development. They are a part of the Pathfinder Consortium.


The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.  It is part of Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching.

A dedicated team of researchers at the Centre work on domestic abuse projects and IRISi is a co-collaborator and partner on some of these projects including ReProvide, HERA and DRiDVA.

The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. The Health Foundation’s Exploring Social Franchising programme aims to generate a deeper understanding of the potential of social franchising models for scaling effective health and social care interventions within the NHS.

We are one of four project teams participating in the programme to develop a social franchise to enable the sustainable spread of our intervention, the IRIS Programme. We receive funding and support from the Health Foundation, including technical expertise on social franchising, and attend programme learning events. The Health Foundation has also commissioned a programme-wide evaluation to support understanding of the use of social franchising in the UK health and care system. We and our franchisees will support the evaluation through co-designing data collection requirements, providing access to data as requested, hosting site visits and attending learning events.



Standing Together Against Domestic Violence is a UK charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse. They bring local services together to keep people safe

Most public services weren’t designed with domestic abuse in mind, and they often struggle to keep people safe. Poor communication and gaps between services put survivors at risk.

STADV aim to end domestic abuse by changing the way that local services respond to it. They do this through an approach that they pioneered, called the Coordinated Community Response. The Coordinated Community Response brings services together to ensure local systems truly keep survivors safe, hold abusers to account, and prevent domestic abuse.

Their model of a coordinated local partnership to tackle and ultimately prevent domestic violence is now widely accepted as best practice. They are also a part of the Pathfinder consortium.


Spring Impact
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Spring Impact is a not-for-profit social enterprise born out of the frustration of seeing social organisations constantly reinventing the wheel and wasting scarce resources. Spring Impact uses a combination of tested commercial and social principles and extensive practical expertise to support organisations to identify, design and implement the right social replication model to scale their social impact.

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