Primary Care response to domestic abuse in the COVID-19 pandemic

PROJECT STATUS: Ongoing
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START DATE AND DURATION: November 2020
Summary

During the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of domestic abuse in the UK and globally have risen, as people have found themselves trapped at home with an abusive partner, spouse or other adult. At the same time, GPs have switched from face to face consultations to phone, digital and video consultations, potentially increasing the risk to women of reporting violence.

This mixed-method research project is exploring whether and how GPs have managed to ask safely about abuse, offer support and make referrals when consulting with patients remotely by telephone, video or online. The team are also examining how GPs have adapted to online training about domestic violence and abuse.

Partners & Collaborators

UK Research and Innovation

Department of Health and Social Care

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West

Queen Mary University of London

Newham Clinical Commissioning Group

University of Bristol

University of Oxford

Lead Investigator
Investigating Team
Chris Griffiths (QMUL)
Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths (UCL)
Anna De Simoni (QMUL)
Vari Wileman (QMUL)
Anna Dowrick (Oxford)
Sharon Dixon (Oxford)
Eszter Szilassy (Bristol)
Elizabeth Emsley (Bristol)
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