“What an excellent clinical teaching session – one of the best I have been to in eight years of medicine”
“I am now convinced that violence against women and children is a major publis=c health problem with long term consequences for women and their families. As an experienced GP, the whole project has been nothing short of transformational”
“Just asked my first patient re: domestic abuse. She was fine, and glad I asked”
“Thanks so much, I saw her shortly after and she felt so supported and understood. Really moving. One of those special moments in general practice when you feel that there is proper support out there for those most needing it. Fab”
“By becoming more aware of the signs and symptoms that suggest abuse – long term anxiety and depression, repeat visits to the surgery for minor symptoms, unexplained gynaecological problems – I became much more aware of patients who were living with abuse and the negative impact that this was having on their health outcomes. The penny drops and you realise the exact scale and extent of the problem amongst your patient population”
“Since the training we have been able to pick up more cases and have been able to help women who had previously been unable to talk about their abuse. We are also more able to asses risk for the women and their children”
“IRIS remains one of the most significant studies that we have taken part in and one that has influenced our clinical practices most”
“Best, most informative and inspirational training I been on in 30 years, Fantastic service, give me hope for humanity, you’re doing an amazing job .”
“IRIS changes lives. It makes it possible for GPs and nurses to do something that before was ‘too hard’. It teaches us to recognise the huge impacts of domestic abuse, how to ask about it safely, how to respond and most importantly, how to refer to the IRIS advocate educators. The feedback I have received from GPS who have taken part in the training and who are implementing IRIS has been overwhelmingly positive and they consistently highly recommend it to colleagues.
Hugely grateful to the doctor that referred me. I wouldn’t have don’t it myself. I was in a very bad place. I was really lonely and she didn’t push anything at me, but made it clear there were options
I have slowly got my freedom back and am so happy to be making my own decisions, planning my own way in life. This is not just for me, it’s for my children and women like me out here
When my GP asked, I felt that I was believed, that what was happening was effecting my health
She (GP) made it clear that she was available to talk. I did not feel pressured into making any decisions and wasn’t just offered medication”
Encouraging myself that I can do this….I feel empowered…I feel Proud of me….thank you for believing in me”
The only doctor who ever asked….I was just so relieved that somebody said something. And he gave me the box of tissues and I just sat and cried….and he said tell me when you’re ready. He said there is somebody out there to help me. I’m not on my own. And if I want help, it’s there and not to be ashamed of it. Which I was, really ashamed of it and he said, you’re not on your own. We can get you this help. And he did. He really did
I can’t stop smiling. Justice at last. You have been brilliant on my emotional journey and I can’t thank you enough for your commitment, emotional and physical support. I wish every woman experiencing this type of violence had access to the service. Thank you so very much.
I would like to thank you for all your help, it has been invaluable and I am very grateful to you for your support and advice. Most of all you have enabled me to see clearly to start making better decisions and to begin making a better life for myself and my son. I cannot thank you enough for this.
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 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.
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 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.