Abigail M Hatcher

Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand

Abigail M Hatcher is a Senior Researcher at the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She designs and tests social interventions for reducing intimate partner violence (IPV) among women and male partners. Based in Johannesburg, Ms. Hatcher is a Co-Principal Investigator for a WHO-funded trial of a brief nurse-led intervention for IPV in pregnancy. She serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for an UKAID-funded trial testing community mobilisation for reducing men's use of IPV. She is an expert in measuring the effects of IPV on engagement in HIV care and treatment.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2008–2011
    Senior Researcher, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008–2008
    Researcher, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • 2006–2008
    Researcher, Wits School of Public Health


  • 2016 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Cape Town, MPhil