Dr Loraine Bacchus BSc MA PhD

Associate Professor of Social Science


I am a mixed methods social scientist based within the Gender Violence & Health Centre, which is part of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology group. My main research interests focus on evaluation of complex interventions in health systems and community based settings.




I currently teach on the following modules: Principles of Social Research; the short course Gender Based Violence: Methods and Meaning. I supervise MSc and PhD students. I am interested in supervising Research Degree students interested in evaluating interventions in the area of gender based violence.



I am a mixed methods social scientist who specialises in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in health systems and community based settings for women and men who have sex with men who are affected by intimate partner violence. My work has focused on health care systems in high income countries in Europe and North America and the use of innovative methods for adapting and transferring these interventions to middle income countries. I conducted the first UK study on screening for intimate partner violence by trained midwives, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Violence Research Programme, which formed the basis for my PhD. Following on from this, I conducted a study to examine the prevalence of intimate partner violence in pregnant and postnatal women and associated maternal and fetal health outcomes. In 2003, I joined Kings College London and led a theory based evaluation of a complex multi-agency domestic violence intervention based in maternity and sexual health settings.

In 2008, I joined the School where I worked with researchers at the Gender Violence and Health Centre on the Global Burden of Disease of Interpersonal Violence, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. As Principal Investigator, I have led on a number of studies. Between 2009 and 2011 I undertook a European multi-contry study to explore promising interventions for domestic violence in primary and maternity settings -: CLEANED :- http://www.diverhse.eu/ -: CLEANED :-. Between 2009 and 2013 I led on an National Institute for Health Research study which examined the prevalence of domestic violence and health problems in gay and bisexual men attending a sexual health service, and pilot tested a domestic violence educational and support intervention in the sexual health clinic. The study was part of a large programme grant on health sector interventions for domestic violence in the UK. The programme grant included several work streams and collaborations with other UK Universities. http://www.bris.ac.uk/social-community-medicine/projects/provide/

In 2013 I won a Marie Curie International Fellowship from the European Union. I worked with academics at John Hopkins University and the University of Virginia on the DOVE trial, the first study to use mobile health (mHealth) technology to deliver an intimate partner intervention to women using urban and rural perinatal home visiting programmes in the USA. My research drew on the social construction of technology to explore the interpretive flexibility of the mHealth application. 




Research areas

  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Gender
  • Health services research
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Mobile technologies
  • Perinatal health
  • Primary care
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Systematic reviews
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • European Union
  • North America


  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other interests

  • Advocacy
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Community Health Volunteers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community health services
  • Complex Surveys
  • Evaluation
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Health Research
  • Health Surveys
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Mens Health
  • Public health
  • children
  • epidemiology
  • mHealth
  • pregnancy
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