Domestic and sexual violence and abuse

Current projects

  • CancerDA: Enhancing the cancer workforce response to domestic abuse. Dheensa S (PI). Funder: Macmillan Cancer Support with Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse
  • Primary care response to domestic violence and abuse in the COVID-19 pandemic: interrupted time series and qualitative study (PRECODE). (Feder, Szilassy, Barbosa, Lewis, Griffiths, Dowrick, Panovska-Griffiths). Funder: UKRI-MRC £262,804. Start/end dates: 14/11/2020-30/06/2022.
  • REPROVIDE - Reaching Everyone Programme of Research on Violence in Diverse Domestic Environments. Feder GBailey J, Aghtaie N,  Blacklock N, Carey J, Cowlishaw CCramer H, Gilchrist G, Hegarty K, Hester M, Hollinghurst S, Howard L, Johnson M, Peters T, Sardinha L, Szilassy E, Simon J, Williamson E, Roy J, Ziebland S. Funder: NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (2016-2023)

Completed projects

  • Healthcare responding to violence and abuse (HERA). Bacchus L, Lambert H, Colombini M, Evans MLewis N, Knipe D, d'Oliviera AF, Schraiber L, Pun KD, Koju R, Rishal P, Shaheen A, Alkaiyat A, Rajapakse T, Garcia-Morena C, Feder G. Funder: NIHR Global Health Research (2018-2022)
  • Improving the primary healthcare response to violence against women in low and middle income countries. Bacchus L, Colombini M, Johnson M, Alkaiyat A, Sandouka R, Schraiber L, d'Oliviera AF, Shaheen A, Najjab S, Melman J, Vasconcelos Xavier, D, Feder G. Funder: MRC Global Challenges Research Fund (2017-2019). 
  • EMiNA: Evaluation of Migrant women's Needs regarding domestic violence Abuse. A Heawood, G Feder, M Evans, N Khelaifat. Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative; NIHR Research Capability Funding 
  • Advancing theory and treatment approaches for males in substance misuse treatment who perpetrate intimate partner violence (ADVANCE). Gail Gilchrist (PI). Funder: NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (2018– 2022).

  • Recording and Sharing Domestic Violence and Abuse Information in Healthcare (RASDIH). Dheensa S (PI). Funder: UK government via Pathfinder consortium and UKRI (2020–2021)
  • Head injury in the context of domestic violence. A qualitative study to investigate survivor stories of head trauma and experiences of help-seeking for this health issue. The project also involves a feasibility study to determine whether it is possible to recruit survivors of domestic violence to a neuropsychological research project and conduct a battery of psychometric tests. Smith A, Lewis N and Feder G (2018-2020). 
  • IRIS pharmacy - Including community pharmacies in responses to women with experience of domestic violence and abuse. Lewis N (Principal Investigator), Feder GMacLeod JFraser AHorwood J, Northstone K, Moore T, Redaniel T, Jackson J, Richards A, Stone T, Whiting P, Sohal A, Morgan G. Funder: NIHR CLAHRC West at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames at Barts Health NHS Trust. (2016-2018)
  • Supporting Survivors project - Exploratory and pilot study of a peer-led group-based programme for survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. Gregory A (PI), Johnson E, Feder G, Pitt KPerôt C, Campbell J, Konya J, Esther N, Richards J. Funder: Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the GP South West Trust (2018-2019)
  • VEGA (Violence Evidence Guidance Action) - Experiences of identification and initial response to children's exposure to intimate partner violence: qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis. Lewis N (PI), Feder G, Howarth E, Szilassy E, McTavish J, MacMillan H, Wathen N. Funder: Public Health Agency of Canada, Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) North Thames (2016-2017)
  • IRIS ADViSE: Using sexual health services to support people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Jeremy Horwood, Sarah Blake and Gene Feder (University of Bristol), Neha Pathak, Alex Hardip Sohal and Chris Griffiths (Queen Mary University of London), Judith Berry and Jayne Bailey (University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Sexual Health Centre) and Vanessa Apea (Barts Health NHS Trust, Sexual Health, London). Funded by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West and the Wellcome Trust
  • PATH: Pilot for an individually randomised, parallel group controlled trial to determine if a psychological intervention delivered by domestic violence advocates is effective and cost-effective. G Feder, M Evans, R Agnew Davies, C Metters, F Saeed, D Sharp. NIHR School for Primary Care Research. 
  • VOICES (ViOlence: Impact on Children Evidence Synthesis) - the impact on children of exposure to domestic violence and the implications for a primary care response: a systematic review and secondary analysis of qualitative evidence, Alison Heawood (co-PI), Alison Gregory (co-PI), Gene Feder, Theresa Moore, Emma Howarth, Harriet Macmillan, Nicky Stanley.
  • Preventing domestic abuse for all children. Hollinghurst S
  • Supporting the supporters: A study to investigate the needs of those informally supporting domestic violence survivors (friends, relatives and colleagues) and their interactions with helpline staff, Alison Gregory and Anna Taylor (Funded by: NIHR SPCR Primary Care Scientist Launching Fellowship)

  • Longitudinal measurement of cortisol in association with mental health and experience of domestic violence and abuse (CEASE study). NIHR School for Primary Care Research. N Lokhmatkina, S Lightman, R Morris, V Powers, S Blake, G Feder. April - December 2012
  • On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violenceA Gregory. PhD studentship funded by NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Supervisors: Gene Feder and Emma Williamson

  • LARA: Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy - an observational study. L Howard, G Feder , R Agnew Davies. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

  • PROVIDE: improving the response of health services to domestic violence. G FederR Agnew Davies, L Bacchus, M Hester, S Hollinghurst, L Howard, T Peters, D Sharp, E Williamson. NIHR applied research programme grant.

  • PEACH: Scoping the evidence on preventive interventions in domestic abuse for children and young people in the general population. N Stanley, J Ellis, S Downe, S Hollinghurst, S Bailey. NIHR Public Health Research Programme

  • DREAM: Describing and reporting women's experiences of abuse measurement. M Evans, G Feder, A Malpass, E Howarth. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit

  • RESPONDS (Researching Education to Strengthen Primary care On Domestic violence & Safeguarding). Building the knowledge and practice gap between domestic violence and child safeguarding: developing training for general practice. G Feder, M Hester, N Stanley, K Hegarty, D Barran, E Szilassy, C Larkins, A Firth, J Drinkwater. DoH: Policy Research Programme

  • IMPROVE: Improving outcomes for children exposed to domestic violence. G Feder, M Hester, E Howarth, H MacMillan, N Stanley, N Welton, A HeawoodT Moore. NIHR


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