Researcher looking for confidants of domestic abuse victims
A Bristol University PhD student is appealing for women who have friends who have experienced domestic violence to come forward to help her research.
One in four British women are thought to experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.
The research aims to look at the consequences for the women's network of confidants.
The study, led by Alison Gregory, a researcher and PhD student from the university’s School of Social and Community Medicine and funded by the National Institute of Health Research, has been recruiting adults who have a female relative, friend or co-worker who has been in an abusive relationship to share their experiences.
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“Many women who experience domestic abuse from a partner or family member will choose to talk about their situation with people close to them, and may find this really helpful," Alison said. "However, we don’t know what the impact is for the friends and relatives who find themselves in this position.
“Taking part in this study will help us find out what those impacts are. It is important that we have this information in order to create services that are both appropriate and helpful in meeting the needs of those affected.”
Participants will be invited to a one-to-one confidential research interview lasting about an hour to talk about their experiences.
If you have a female friend or family member, who is aged 16 or over, and has experienced domestic violence, and you are happy to speak to a researcher about the impact that this may have had on you, contact Alison Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org