Lucy Downes is a National Implementation Manager who works for IRISi, a social enterprise established to promote and improve the healthcare response to gender based violence. IRISi’s flagship intervention is the IRIS service (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety), a general practice-based domestic violence and abuse training and referral programme. IRIS combines specialist in-house training for general practices on domestic violence and abuse with a named advocate to whom practice staff can refer female patients affected by domestic abuse.
Lucy has worked and volunteered in the gender based violence sector for nine years, including a long period as an ‘advocate-educator’ for the IRIS service. She has supported many hundreds of women who have experienced domestic abuse. Lucy has seen first-hand the benefits for patients of educating general practice clinicians about domestic abuse, and of establishing a collaborative approach in which primary care and the domestic abuse sector work in partnership to tackle violence and abuse.
Lucy holds a BA in English Literature and Social Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Cardiff University, and has recently completed an MSc in Public Policy, specialising in gender based violence, at the University of Bristol.