Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS)

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IRIS is a specialist domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme for general practices.

IRIS Barnet provides in-house DVA training for general practice teams and a named advocate to whom patients can be referred for support.

If a patient is experiencing domestic or sexual violence GPs are encouraged to call the IRIS Barnet Service and make referrals to the service. Once a patient is referred, IRIS Barnet will call the patient in need and do a risk assessment and safety planning with them. IRIS will discuss a tailor-made support plan and will safety plan and explore options with regards to housing, legal options, welfare advice and can advocate for the patient with other agencies.

IRIS is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

IRIS GP training

IRIS also provide training and support to help GPs identify patients affected by domestic violence or abuse. This is an innovative opportunity for all Barnet GPs, practice nurses, healthcare assistants, practice managers, and administrative staff to receive free training.

To sign up for IRIS DVA training contact the IRIS Advocate Educators:

t: 07483014563

t: 07485313613

Eligibility criteria


Female victims/survivors of domestic and sexual abuse registered with participating GP practices in Barnet. Referrals can also be made for male patients.

  • aged 16+
  • who have experienced, are currently experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence and abuse. This includes:
    • domestic abuse
    • sexual violence
    • forced marriage
    • “honour” based violence

Please note: Only clinicians from IRIS-trained practices are able to refer patients to DVA support services via this route.


  • perpetrators of domestic abuse or sexual violence
  • IRIS is not able to support sexual violence cases outside of a DVA context and will only accept referrals for people who have experienced sexual violence in the context of intimate partner violence (either current or historic)

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, healthcare professionals

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Download and complete the referral form and send by email. 

GPs must manually add a contact number and safe time to contact the person in need, before emailing the form or contact IRIS Advocate Educators, Hollie and Hannah with this information:

  • Duty number: 020 3874 5003
  • Senior IRIS Advocate Educator, Hollie Saunders: 07483 014 563
  • IRIS Advocate Educator, Hannah Malpass: 07485 313 613