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Hospital-based Domestic Violence Programmes

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Manchester United Kingdom Epidemiology Midwifery Other Statistics

About the Project

This is a competition funded studentship and more projects are advertised then places available.

Traditionally, domestic violence services have been located in the community, providing support at a crisis point for domestic violence victims. Recently, hospital-based domestic violence services have been recommended as an additional approach for meeting the demands for domestic violence services. Hospital-based services have been piloted for a number of years, however, these have tended to be under secondment/short-term, and based in one section of the hospital.


A permanent hospital-based domestic violence service was commissioned in 2018 in an area of Greater Manchester. The service differs from other hospital domestic violence services due to its permanent position, in addition, the service is integrated throughout the hospital. 


The PhD will undertake qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate hospital based domestic violence services, in particular, the PhD might explore:

 Global variations in hospital-based domestic violence services;

  • The evidence for the impact of these services on a broad range of outcomes, which might include:
  • The impact on unmet need and inequalities in access to domestic violence service.
  • The impact of the service on pressures in the healthcare system (e.g. Emergency Department attendances) and other public sectors.
  • The impacts of these services on victims.

The PhD will involve mixed methods, including quantitative assessment of impacts using regression-based approaches to identify whether any causal impact of hospital-based domestic violence services is evident. Opportunities will be available to develop qualitative expertise and apply these to understand the impacts of the service on victims and wider economy.

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a Masters degree in Economics or other subject containing a substantive quantitative component.

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website ( Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD in School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

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Funding Notes

NIHR ARC -GM studentship funded by the Doctoral Academy and School of Health Sciences and covers fees and stipend. Studentship is for a duration of three years commencing September 2021.
Funding will cover UK tuition fees/stipend only. The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this funding.


Halliwell G, Dheensa S, Fenu E, Jones SK, Asato J, Jacob S, Feder G (2019) Cry for health: a quantitative evaluation of a hospital-based advocacy intervention for domestic violence and abuse. BMC Health Services Research, 19:718.
Mason T, Elvey R, Whittaker W (2020) An evaluation of the Hospital-based Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester, forthcoming
Oliver R, Alexander B, Roe S, Wlansy M (2019) The economic and social costs of domestic abuse. Home Office Research Report 107.
Pathfinder (2020) Enhancing the response to domestic abuse across health settings. Pathfinder Key Findings Report, June 2020. Available at:
SafeLives (2016) A Cry for Health. Why we must invest in domestic abuse services in hospitals. Available at:

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