Health Pathfinder Project

Funded through the Tampon Tax, the Pathfinder Consortium brings together domestic abuse systems leaders to establish comprehensive health practice in relation to domestic abuse in acute hospital trusts, mental health trusts and community based IRIS programmes in GP practices. 

The consortium partners – Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, SafeLives, IRISi, Imkaan, AVA and the University of Bristol – will steer the project to:

  • Identify areas where there is existing noteworthy practice in health settings to address domestic abuse and examine priorities for change;
  • Create three Pathfinder areas who, with us, will lead the way in creating a model response to a diverse range of domestic abuse survivors in health settings, including those experiencing multiple disadvantage, BME, LGBTQ and disabled women;
  • Provide an improved response to survivors of domestic abuse within the Pathfinder sites who will provide health services to approximately 7,800 survivors;
  • Integrate action research into the work in three Pathfinder sites;
  • Provide a roadmap for this model to be adopted nationally across the health economy;
  • Promote this whole system approach in a UK-wide roadshow; and
  • Develop Pathfinder materials which will allow other areas to adopt this model.  

The Consortium will work with the three selected Pathfinder sites over three years to enhance and bring new approaches to existing activity. The consortium will contribute time and expertise to support the Pathfinder sites to develop a sustainable health response. Partial match funding is available for successful Pathfinder sites to enable them to develop their provision.

Becoming a Pathfinder Site

The Consortium will be inviting applications to be part of this work. Applications should come from statutory agencies within the health sector and name local partners who will work on this project with them. We encourage areas where there is a demonstrated a commitment to providing domestic abuse services in a healthcare setting to apply.

The deadline for submission is 13th October 2017. 

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