Researchers appeal for help from survivors of domestic violence

23 Jan 2014 15:15:44.547


Patients who have visited the Emergency Department at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre because of domestic violence are being asked to take part in new research at The University of Nottingham.

The QMC is one of the few hospitals in the UK to have a dedicated domestic violence specialist nurse working full-time in the Emergency Department (ED).

Now the Nottingham University Hospitals’ Charity is funding a project to assess patients’ experiences of the emergency department at QMC to see if there could be further improvements.

Click here for full story

Ahead of the game

There is on average one domestic violence-related murder per year in Nottingham and the British Crime Survey indicates that at least 10 per cent of women and two per cent of men are at risk from domestic violence every day. Around 7,000 children in the city are also living with the problem.¹

Lead researcher Dr Julie McGarry from the University’s School of Health Sciences said:

”Nottingham does not have a bigger problem with domestic violence than other similar cities but this sort of violence is often but not always a hidden problem. It is vital that we continue to improve support for survivors who attend the Emergency Department.”  

“Previous research has already found that the specialist nurse is having a very positive impact among other Emergency Department staff at the QMC who have found her expertise invaluable when patients report domestic violence, or if they suspect it. Now we want to assess the impact of services more generally among the patients themselves so we would be very keen to interview survivors of abuse.”

'Identifying signs'

Barbara Cathcart from the Nottingham Hospitals’ Charity added:

“Nottingham Hospitals Charity sponsors peer reviewed projects for every area of the hospitals it supports. We are pleased to support this domestic violence research because of its impact across every part of society.

“To extend this important service and to continue to support the work for which Nottingham is known nationally, the Charity also funds a nurse specialist whose remit is to educate nurses throughout the hospital trust about identifying signs of potential abuse, with the aim to support those patients at risk. It is envisaged that this latest research in the emergency department will enhance the level of support provided in this area throughout the Trust”. 

People who have experienced domestic abuse and received treatment in the Emergency Department at QMC and who would like to take part in the confidential and anonymous interviews for this research are asked to contact the research hotline on 07507 193338 or email Dr McGarry on   

¹Nottingham City Council Joint Strategic Needs Assessment data.

Story credits

More information is available from Dr Julie McGarry, School of Health Sciences, on +44 (0)1332 724 905,

Additional resources

No additional resources for this article

Related articles

Health Education England Chief opens new School of Medicine

Published Date
Tuesday 3rd December 2013

New centre sets out the future for mental health care

Published Date
Thursday 5th December 2013

Researchers uncover mechanism controlling Tourette Syndrome tics

Published Date
Wednesday 11th December 2013

The nation's hearing – has it all gone a bit Pete Tong?

Published Date
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Antidepressants are not 'happy pills'

Published Date
Monday 25th November 2013

Call for more help for silent victims

Published Date
Friday 9th July 2010

Media Relations - External Relations

The University of Nottingham
YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5798