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“IRISwe, tackling Gender-Based Violence in healthcare settings together”: On our 5th anniversary, we want to thank you for working with us to achieve our mission!

To finish our “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign, on the 9th of December, from 10 am to 11 am, we will be holding an online webinar where Dr Anna Dowrick and Dr Meredith K.D. Hawking will be presenting the main findings of the evaluation report: “The social value of improving the primary care response to domestic violence and abuse” and we invite you to join us!


In 2022, we celebrated our 5th anniversary. For this reason, from 25th of November to 10th of December, IRISi’s “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign will be themed “IRISwe: tackling gender-based violence in healthcare settings together”, a celebration of our efforts and our history alongside our partners and stakeholders. For this occasion, only, we will be changing our logo to “IRISwe” to mark the campaign.

Our goal is to look back to our last five years of work, present some of our most important achievements and share the challenges we have been overcoming to accomplish our mission to address gender-based violence in healthcare settings across the UK.

In order to do this, we will launch the results of “The social value of improving the primary care response to domestic violence and abuse: A mixed methods Social Return on Investment analysis of the IRIS programme”, an evaluation of the IRIS Programme that, once again, reinforces IRISi’s commitment to regularly review the evidence-base of its interventions.

This evaluation was supported by a grant received as part of the Health Foundation ‘Exploring Social Franchising Programme’, and it was conducted by Dr Anna Dowrick, Qualitative Researcher in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford; Dr Meredith K.D. Hawking, a Research Fellow in the Wolfson Institute of Population Health at the Queen Mary University of London; and Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, a Senior Research Fellow in the Violence and Society Centre at the City University of London.

“We decided to commission this evaluation to provide social franchise pilot sites with the kind of in-depth evaluation that we were often asked for. At the same time, we wanted to develop a kind of template or framework which addressed social value and social return on investment, which other sites will be able to make use of in the future”, explains Lucy Downes, IRIS Network Director.

Throughout the 16 days, we will be sharing the results of this study to explore how our flagship intervention, IRIS, has benefited general practice teams and, consequently, the lives of thousands of women who have experienced domestic abuse. To conclude our campaign, on the 9th of December, from 10 am to 11 am, we will be holding a webinar in which the researchers who conducted the evaluation will present the main qualitative findings. On the same date, we will also launch a booklet summarizing the main findings. This will be an open event and, if you want to join us, please register here.

We hope you enjoy learning about and getting involved with our campaign – especially if you already belong to the IRIS and ADViSE network, which means that you have been and continue to be an essential part of these achievements!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media for updates and information throughout the 16 days; simply click on the links below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/irisintervent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irisintervent/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/irisi-interventions

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IRISiUK

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Partners

AVA
AVA
AVA

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

https://avaproject.org.uk

SafeLives
SafeLives
SafeLives

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.

http://www.safelives.org.uk/about-us

IMKAAN
IMKAAN
IMKAAN

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.

https://www.imkaan.org.uk

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.

https://www.health.org.uk

STADV
STADV
STADV

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.

http://www.standingtogether.org.uk

Spring Impact
Spring Impact
Spring Impact

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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