Exploring primary care responses to domestic violence and abuse (DVA): operationalisation of a national initiative
McGarry, Julie; Hussain, Basharat; Watts, Kim
In the UK, the Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) initiative has been developed for use within primary care to support women survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). However, while evaluated nationally, less is known regarding impact of implementation at a local level. The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of IRIS within one locality in the UK.
A qualitative study using interviews/focus groups with primary care teams and women who had experienced DVA in one primary care setting in the UK.
Interviews with eighteen participants from five professional categories; including General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, Assistant Practice Managers and Practice Receptionists. Focus group discussion/interview with seven women who had accessed IRIS. Data collection between November 2016 and March 2017.
Five main themes were identified for professionals: Team role approach to training; Professional confidence; Clear pathway for referral and support; Focused support; Somewhere to meet that is a ‘safe haven’. For women the following themes were identified: Longevity of DVA; Lifeline; Face to face talking to someone; Support and understood where I was coming from; A place of safety.
Implications for practice: IRIS played a significant role in helping primary care professionals to respond effectively. For women IRIS was more proactive and holistic than traditional approaches to DVA.
This study was designed to assess the impact that a local level implementation of the national IRIS initiative had on both providers and users of the service simultaneously. The study identifies that a ‘whole team approach’ in the primary care setting is critical to the effectiveness of DVA initiatives.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Mar 28, 2019|
|Journal||The Journal of Adult Protection|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||McGarry, J., Hussain, B., & Watts, K. (2019). Exploring primary care responses to domestic violence and abuse (DVA): operationalisation of a national initiative. Journal of Adult Protection, 21(2), 144-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/jap-10-2018-0025|
|Keywords||Sociology and Political Science; Law|
JAP Paper Final Version 2019
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