Project overview

Where are the gaps?

There is scant literature on the implementation of domestic violence interventions in health care settings. Policy makers, funders and health system decision makers need to understand not only whether an intervention works, but when, why and how it works. The contextual characteristics can help to explain the success or failure of interventions.


The Daphne study draws lessons from a range of promising intervention models in primary and maternity health care settings in seven European countries: United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Serbia. The key findings are based on: (i) data from mapping surveys relating to 81 interventions covering wide geographical areas, multiple clinics and health professional disciplines (ii) case studies involving interviews with 37 key personnel from established interventions in six countries; (iii) and a two-day workshop with all partners.

Specific objectives

  • To identify and describe the key components of different models for delivering domestic violence interventions in maternity and primary care settings in seven European countries.
  • To draw out key learning points about what practices work well and where the gaps are in relation to practice and research.
  • To establish a website for health professionals, policy makers, non-governmental organisations and academics to improve the exchange of knowledge, foster better practice and policy strategies, and research collaborations at a European level.