General Practices

We deliver an evidence-based, effective and cost-effective programme to health professionals in Kent to improve the response, support and referral of patients experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is a health issue

  • In the UK, 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime
  • 80% women who experience domestic abuse seek support from health professionals at least once
  • Only 15% of these women have any reference to abuse in their medical record in primary care

The emotional, physical and mental health impacts of domestic abuse are huge, including memory loss, gastrointestinal problems, PTSD symptoms, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, physical injuries, depression, vaginal discharge, chronic pain.

By training and working with the primary care sector through the delivery of the flagship ‘IRIS programme’ for General Practices, together we improve the response and referral of women who experience or have experienced domestic abuse, ensuring their safety, a better quality of life and improved wellbeing.

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Why is this collaborative work so vital?

The IRIS programme’s impact in the UK so far…

95%

patients were pleased to be asked by their doctor, nurse or other staff in private

98%

patients were pleased to be referred to Advocate Educator for support

86%

patients feel safer from the support received following referral

Interested in the IRIS programme?

If you work at a General Practice in Kent and would like to invite us to come and deliver training to your staff team, or if you have any questions about the IRIS programme, please fill out the form below.

Our Advocate Educator, Ruth, will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your query.

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