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Dr Alison Gregory

Dr Alison Gregory

Dr Alison Gregory
BSc, PGrad Dip (Counselling), PhD

Senior Research Associate

Research Fellow (Traumatised and Vulnerable Populations)

Area of research

Domestic Violence & Health

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Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Summary

My overall research interest lies in the field of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), including how DVA impacts on people's health and wellbeing, and how professionals can best respond to support survivors, their children, and those providing informal support (friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues).

My primary area of expertise and interest has developed out of my PhD work which explored the radiating impacts of DVA ('On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violence'). This research considered how informal supporters were being impacted as they journeyed alongside a survivor. I subsequently secured funding from the NIHR SPCR and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to take this work forward, including exploring avenues to help skill-up informal supporters and support them to self-care, so that they are in a better position to support survivors. I also co-led the VOICES study, funded by the NIHR SPCR, to investigate how children living in situations of DVA are impacted by their exposure.

Recently, my research has expanded to incorporate additional topics regarding: rape and sexual assault, older survivors of abuse and violence, and vicarious trauma in researchers. 

Because of the practical nature of my work, I have a strong interest in knowledge mobilisation, and I work closely with DVA specialist organisations, practitioners, and commisioners of DVA services within local authorities, CCGs and police forces across the UK. In particular, my work has informed UK-based public health campaigns (including 'It might be nothing, but it could mean everything', in the Bristol area). In November 2015 I won the Corinna Seith Young Scholar Award for my work in this field.

Biography

After graduating from the University of Reading in 1995 (Maths and Psychology) I worked for several years as the Research Co-ordinator for the Scientific Investigations department within Avon & Somerset Constabulary and in a variety of managerial roles in the NHS. In 2007 I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, and concurrently joined the Academic Unit of Primary Healthcare (now the Centre for Academic Primary Care) at the University of Bristol as a Senior Research Associate. I was awarded my PhD in 2015, and subsequently secured funding from the NIHR SPCR and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to continue my research. Alongside my research, I have continued to volunteer as a counsellor for survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Teaching

Alison co-leads the 4th year medical students' lectures on domestic violence and abuse, and regularly supervises students undertaking relevant research projects as a student selected component. She is also a facilitator on the 'Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods' CPD course run by Bristol Medical School and a tutor for 1st year medical students as part of the Behavioural and Social Science in Medicine teaching.

Keywords

  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • trauma
  • informal support
  • rape and sexual assault
  • primary health care
  • qualitative research methods
  • systematic reviews

Expertise

Since joining the Academic Unit of Primary Healthcare in 2007, I have been working alongside Professor Gene Feder on the IRIS research trial, which aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a training intervention for GPs and practice nurses in order to increase the identification and subsequent recording of domestic violence in the patient's medical record.

  • training
  • domestic violence
  • primary healthcare
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School of Social and Community Medicine

    Centres, collaborations and units

    Recent publications

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