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Domestic violence amidst a pandemic

13 May 2020

On 12 May 2020 the Bristol Neuroscience Research Network livestreamed its second in a bi-weekly series of seminars aimed at keeping the community informed during the lockdown. This week we welcomed Prof Gene Feder, who leads a programme of domestic violence research, courtesy of the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research funding stream. The lockdown has caused a sharp increase in the number of domestic violence cases.

With Emma Williamson and Marianne Hester in the Centre for Gender Violence Research (UoB) and Louise Howard and Gail Gilchrist at the Institute of Psychiatry (KCL), they are focusing on broadening the IRIS intervention ( to include children and men and trialling a group intervention for men who use violence in their relationships with women: REPROVIDE (

Prof Feder trained at Guy's Hospital medical school, qualifying in 1982. This followed a BSc in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. He trained as a GP and was a principal in Hackney, east London for 21 years until moving to Bristol in 2007. He held the chair of primary care research and development at Barts and the London (QMUL) until 2008. He has chaired 4 NICE clinical guidelines (Lipid management in type II diabetes, Falls in older people, Secondary prevention of MI, Domestic violence and abuse) and the WHO intimate partner violence guideline development group.

Watch the video

You can hear more from Gene who also spoke at the fourth World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) COVID-19 webinar presented on 4 May 2020, which focussed on Family Violence. Not only have some of the risk factors greatly increased by the lockdown, economic crisis, and social isolation, but also the availability of specialised services and ways of accessing them have changed significantly. The aims of the webinar were to give an overview of family violence highlighting aspects related to the pandemic and offer practical tools useful to family doctors in daily practice, as well as in the current situation.

Further information

The next BN webinar is scheduled for Thursday, 28 May 2020 when Dr Sabine Hauert (Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol) will speak about how Artificial Intelligence can help beat a pandemic. See the event's webpage for further details. 

The Bristol Neuroscience Research Network is supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell InstituteNuturing Research. Improving Health.

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