Together with Health

Together with Health is a pilot project aimed at improving the pathways for Primary Care patients to access specialist domestic abuse services.

Together with Health is a one year Standing Together and Home Office funded pilot project aimed at improving the pathways for primary Care patients to access specialist domestic abuse services.

We know that many victims and survivors of domestic abuse will be making visits to their GP and other Primary Care Practitioners while living with abuse. They are often unsure how to disclose this abuse to health professionals. Equally we know that health practitioners do not always feel confident asking about domestic abuse with patients.

Together with Health aims to improve routes to support for victims of domestic abuse who are accessing Primary Care.

The pilot programme

Standing Together through their Crossing Pathways Whole Health Approach have funded Together with Health which will enable us to deliver bespoke, accredited Domestic Abuse training to Primary Care practices that have signed up for the pilot.

Practices will receive training that will develop their confidence and skills in:

  • Recognising the signs and indicators of abuse
  • Making safe and targeted enquiries about abuse when appropriate
  • Responding to disclosures and referring to specialist Domestic Abuse support.
Together with Health will fund a Health Liaison Worker who will be a direct link to the Primary Care practice providing support, information, and advice to health care practitioners. The Health Liaison worker will also be working directly with clients who have disclosed domestic abuse to their GP and want support with this.

Pilot outcomes

We are excited to develop stronger links with Primary Care providers across Derbyshire and work with them to create better outcomes and routes of support for victim survivors.

We will be monitoring the progress of this pilot project, reporting back to Standing Together and the Home Office over the course of this one year pilot. We are hopeful that the results will help to increase the referrals to domestic abuse support services from Primary Care and increase the routes to support for victim/survivors. If successful we hope it will enable The Elm Foundation to extend the project to more GP practices across the county.

Seeking help

If you are living with abuse now/or have experienced abuse in the past from a loved one and would like support, complete the contact form below.
We aim to respond within 72 hours.

If you need immediate support please contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on: 08000 198 668
Text: 07534 617252.

In an emergency call: 999


If you are interested in learning more about Together with Health or are a GP practice that is interested in getting involved, please complete this form.