Dr Loraine Bacchus


Associate Professor
of Social Science


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

0207 958 8244

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Global Health and Development


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I supervise Masters and PhD students. I am Deputy Module Organiser for Distance Learning Principles of Social Research (PSR) and a seminar leader for in-house PSR. I also teach on the short course Gender Based Violence: Methods and Meaning, Foundatinos of Reproductive Health and the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I am interested in supervising Research Degree students interested in evaluating interventions in the area of gender based violence.





As a mixed methods researcher I specialise in the development and evaluation of complex interventions that address violence against women and against men who have sex with men (MSM) that link health systems with community based organisations. My research focuses on developing theoretical insights in relation to intervention development and evaluation, as well as achieving integration in mixed methods intervention studies. My research has focused on health systems in high income countries in Europe and North America. 

At St. George’s Hospital Medical School, I completed a PhD in Psychiatry for the first UK study on routine screening for domestic violence by midwives, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s UK Violence Research Programme. Following this, I worked on a follow-up ESRC UK study of the prevalence of domestic violence in pregnancy and associated maternal and fetal health outcomes. In 2003, I joined Kings College London as the Principal Investigator on a theory based evaluation of a multi-agency domestic violence intervention based in a UK maternity and sexual health settings. In 2008, I joined LSHTM 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 and South African Medical Research Council. At LSHTM, I have been Principal Investigator on a number of studies of interventions that address domestic violence and abuse for MSM using sexual health services (UK), women using maternity and primary health care (Europe) and women using perinatal home visiting services (USA). Between 2013 and 2015 I was a Marie Curie International Fellow based at the University of Virginia and John Hopkins University on the DOVE trial, an mHealth intervention for women affected by partner violence who are using urban and rural perinatal home visiting programmes in rural and urban settings in the USA. I conducted a nested qualitative study drawing on the social construction of technology to explore the social and ethical dimensions of its use in context. I am currently working with collaborators in Palestine and Brazil to adapt and test a UK intervention for primary health care settings in São Paulo, Hebron and Ramallah. 





Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health outcomes
Health sector development
Health services research
Health systems
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Primary care
Public health
Sexual health
Systematic reviews
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
United Kingdom
United States
European Union
North America

Selected Publications

Occurrence and impact of domestic violence and abuse in gay and bisexual men: A cross sectional survey.
Bacchus, L.J.; Buller, A.M.; Ferrari, G.; Peters, T.J.; Devries, K.; Sethi, G.; White, J.; Hester, M.; Feder, G.S.;
Infusing Technology Into Perinatal Home Visitation in the United States for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Exploring the Interpretive Flexibility of an mHealth Intervention.
Bacchus, L.J. ; Bullock, L. ; Sharps, P. ; Burnett, C. ; Schminkey, D.L. ; Buller, A.M. ; Campbell, J. ;
J Med Internet Res
How far does screening women for domestic (partner) violence in different health-care settings meet criteria for a screening programme? Systematic reviews of nine UK National Screening Committee criteria
Feder, G.; Ramsay, J.; Dunne, D.; Rose, M.; Arsene, C.; Norman, R.; Kuntze, S.; Spencer, A.; Bacchus, L.; Hague, G.; Warburton, A.; Taket, A.
Health Technology Assessment
Domestic violence: prevalence in pregnant women and associations with physical and psychological health
Bacchus, L.; Mezey, G.; Bewley, S.
European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
See all Dr Loraine Bacchus's Publications