Focus Section on Intimate Partner Violence as a Global Problem: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Editors: Barbara Krah� (University of Potsdam, Germany) and Antonia Abbey (Wayne State University, USA)

The International Journal of Conflict and Violence invites submissions to a Focus Section on “Intimate Partner Violence as a Global Problem: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. Intimate partner violence, defined as the use or threat of physical or sexual violence, psychological aggression, or emotional abuse by one partner in a relationship against the other, is a serious problem worldwide. As the 2002 WHO Report on Violence and Health reports, intimate partner violence occurs in all countries and all social, economic, religious, and cultural groups. It places great burdens on individuals, communities, and social institutions, such as health care systems and the employment sector.

The Focus Section seeks to bring together papers from different parts of the world that address the social construction of intimate partner violence, the prevalence and risk factors of intimate partner violence, and its impact on victims as well as societies. A broad definition of “relationship” is adopted to include both marital and long-term relationships as well as more casual, short-term relationships. In addition to papers addressing violence within heterosexual relationships, analyses of same-sex relationships are also welcome. All papers should have a strong grounding in theory.

We welcome contributions from a range of scientific disciplines, including (but not limited to) psychology, sociology, family studies, women’s studies, psychiatry, and public health.
The focus section is scheduled to appear in the spring of 2013 and will be guest-edited by Professor Barbara Krah� (University of Potsdam/ and Professor Antonia Abbey (Wayne State University/

The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is September 1, 2012.

We request all contributors to observe a limit of 55,000 characters (including all references). Papers should be submitted online. For submission/manuscript guidelines please visit

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