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Dr Natalia Lewis

Dr Natalia Lewis

Dr Natalia Lewis

Research Fellow in Primary Care

Area of research

Primary care response to domestic violence and abuse

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Primary care response to domestic violence and abuse.

Development of complex interventions.

Process evaluation of complex interventions.


My research interest in domestic violence and health is built upon years of clinical work in Russian primary care and voluntary work with third sector domestic violence organisations. I first attained a medical degree, worked as a general practitioner and neurologist, and then completed a PhD on prevalence and associations of domestic violence in Russian general practice. Newton International Fellowship from the Royal Society enabled me move to the UK to work within a research group led by Professor Gene Feder at University of Bristol. My post-doctoral projects included longitudinal analysis of HPA axis functioning in abused women (CEASE study), evaluation of a training intervention for general practice on domestic violence and child safeguarding (RESPONDS study) and review of grey literature on interventions for children exposed to domestic violence.

I am currently involved in two research projects: (i) secondary analysis of qualitative studies of the experiences of professionals, children and parents following identification and response to children exposed to domestic violence (VEGA project), (ii) post-implementation evaluation of IRIS in northeast London. IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) is a practice-based intervention to improve primary care response to domestic violence.


Assisted in teaching at the North Themes CLAHRC Academy (London): Introduction to evaluation
Assisted in teaching at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, QMUL (London): Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Supervision of Year 3-4 eSSC projects at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol
Courses taught at the North-Western Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov (St Petersburg, Russian Federation): Consultation skills, domestic violence and abuse in the context of primary care, neurology.


  • domestic violence and abuse
  • intimate partner violence
  • PTSD
  • cortisol
  • training for primary care professionals on domestic violence and abuse


  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Processes and functions

  • health services implementation
  • bio-markers


  • Quantitative and Qualitative

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Gene Feder
  • Chris Griffiths
  • Alex Sohal
  • Harriet MacMillan

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