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We educate, train and inspire action

We work with frontline service professionals, GPs, and employers to develop their awareness and understanding and in doing so, we use our own practice-based experience to create change in the way women in the region are supported day to day.  

“We strongly believe that all of society has a role to play in bringing an end to domestic violence and abuse.  From healthcare providers and police, from employers through to family, friends and neighbours.”

We work with GP practice teams through the IRIS Project offering in-house training and ongoing support around the identification of domestic violence and abuse through clinical enquiry and appropriate response, referral and recording. This includes assessing immediate risk and safety planning. Training for reception and administration teams focuses on understanding domestic violence and abuse, data handling, confidentiality and safety.

We have dedicated, specially trained anti-female genital mutilation [FGM] workers offering support in community languages, supporting women and girls, raising awareness of FGM and developing positive relationships within affected communities.  Our FGM team have also developed a health pathway so front-line professionals are better equipped to meet the needs of their patients and are able to signpost to other relevant support agencies.  We also offer forced marriage community engagement and community champions programmes.

Through our Positive Relationships programme, we work in schools, colleges, universities and youth settings delivering sessions on healthy and respectful relationships.

And with one third of a working adult’s life spent in work, employers are in a unique position to create a supportive workplace culture that encourages the identification of health and wellbeing needs and to help break the silence around domestic violence and abuse.

“By delivering specialist sessions with young people on domestic violence and abuse – and violence against women and girls in general – we’re working towards a future where neither exist.”

We work in partnership with employers, helping them spot the signs and indications of domestic violence and abuse and develop appropriate policies and support for their female staff.

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