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A booklet aimed at helping friends and family members to support victims of domestic abuse has been written by Dr Alison Gregory from the University of Bristol and is being distributed to hundreds of locations across the city.

It might be nothing but it could mean everything

The booklet It might be nothing but it could mean everything is informed by findings from Alison's School funded PhD research ('On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violence’) in which Alison looked at how domestic violence and abuse affects the friends and family members of the person in the abusive relationship. Read the University of Bristol's press release and news on the Centre for Academic Primary Care website.

In the press release Alison comments, “Support for people who have a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour who is experiencing domestic abuse is so sparse, and often people have no idea how to best help the person they know... Also, understandably, they aren't detached from the situation because this is someone they are close too, so it has the potential to impact them too."

Before completing her PhD, Alison wrote a blog Responding to domestic violence – victims, workplace and friends & family for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). She has also published widely on the topic and in March 2014, produced a video 'Domestic Violence Friends and Family' with colleague Professor Gene Feder.

Alison is currently the recipient of a School Research Fellowship and an Early Career Fellowship from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.