Domestic Abuse




Domestic Violence Aware Practice

IRIS (Identification & Referral to Improve Safety)

IRIS is a GP based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme funded by Cwm Taf Morganwwg University Health Board.

Core areas of the programme are training and education, clinical enquiry, care pathways and an enhanced referral pathway to specialist domestic violence services.

It is aimed at women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse from a current partner, ex-partner or adult family member. IRIS also provides information and signposting for male victims and for perpetrators.

IRIS is a collaboration between primary care and third sector organisations specialising in Domestic Abuse. An advocate educator is linked to general practices and based in a local specialist service, in Merthyr Tydfil and Cynon this is Safer Merthyr Tydfil.

For further information please contact: Amy Grainger (01685) 353999 email:


Is Domestic Abuse a Health Problem?

Domestic Abuse has devastating health impacts, affecting the physical and mental health of survivors and their children.  The estimated annual health costs of DVA are £1.7 bn, excluding mental health costs (Walby, 2009)80% of women in violent relationships seek help first from health services (Department of Health)

On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales (Office for National  Statistics,2017).

Survivors  believe their doctor is one of the few people they can disclose  abuse and violence to and want them to respond appropriately (Federetal, 2006).


Live Fear Free

This campaign seeks to end violence against women/domestic abuse sexual violence. 


Women’s Aid RCT

Providing local support to female victims of domestic abuse, aged 16 or over. 

Call the Live Fear Free 24-hr helpline above (0808 80 10 800) to be directed to the Women’s Aid RCT Team or Email:  

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