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Dr Alison Gregory

Dr Alison Gregory

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

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Domestic Violence & Health

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Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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I am interested in the impact of domestic violence on health and the response of health professionals to those in abusive relationships. I worked with Professor Gene Feder on the IRIS study - a training and support programme for GPs and practice nurses - which demonstrated substantial increases in both identification and in referral of women experiencing domestic violence. I am currently working on a PhD looking at the radiating impact of domestic violence, considering the health and wellbeing burden for those in the survivors network (friends, family, co-workers etc)


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 at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate. I was awarded my PhD in 2014, and am now funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute on an Early Career Fellowship . Alongside my research, I continue to volunteer as a counsellor for survivors of domestic violence and abuse.


Alison contributes to the 4th year medical students' lecture 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' short course run by the School of Social and Community Medicine


  • Domestic Violence
  • Network Members
  • Primary Health Care
  • Qualitative research methods
  • RCTs
  • Systematic Reviews


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


    School of Social and Community Medicine

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