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Gender Based Violence and Intersectionality

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Call for papers now open

Guest Editor

Dr Ritu Mahendru
South Asian Sexual Health Forum
[email protected]

The guest editor of the journal is seeking manuscript submissions for a 2016 special issue on how health and social care relate to Gender Based Violence, domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

About the Journal

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal with a unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care. The journal explores what is currently known about international discrimination and disadvantage, with a focus on issues influencing the health of populations. Content considers the social determinants of health, equity and interventions that help to overcome barriers and that promote equality and inclusion.

Call for papers

Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Women (VAW) are often used interchangeably as most forms of GBV are inflicted by men on women and girls. All acts of violence often result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harms all of which have been identified as social determinants of health. This special issue therefore seeks contributions from activists, feminists, academics, independent researchers, frontline organisations and others working with the victims and survivors of GBV from minority backgrounds such as aboriginals, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, BME women, etc.

This special issue will provide evidence and critical intersectional analysis about specific issues related to Gender Based Violence specifically pertaining to women and children.  We are seeking empirical research articles, case studies, viewpoint articles, review or literature review articles and conceptual articles covering (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Intersectionality analysis and theory relating to intimate partner violence, VAW and GBV
• The history and politics of GBV in health and social care
• Vital role of health and care services in GBV care and prevention
• Monitoring and evaluating GBV: the key health indicators
• Effect of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, VAW and GBV on mental health and wellbeing
• GBV and Spatial Analysis
• GBV and its impact and effects on minority women and children
• GBV and social determinants of health
• GBV, social capital and support among minority groups
• Health and social care policy and/or service response to GBV, especially amongst BME girls and women
• Intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS
• GBV and sexual and reproductive health
• Role of decentralization in preventing GBV 
• The health causes and effects of GBV in public spaces (including workplaces)

The key contents considered in this issue are intersectionality, social determinants of health and social care, equity and human rights, and interventions that help to overcome barriers and that promote equality and inclusion.  Submissions may present new research, critical theory, or best practice and should highlight practical lessons learned from experience in different settings or countries.

Submission instructions

• Manuscripts should be between 3,000 and 6,500 words and formatted according to the journal author guidelines.
• Submissions must be received by 30th September 2015 via the online submission system Scholar One Manuscripts:
• Authors should indicate that the manuscript is for this special issue by selecting this from the dropdown list on Scholar One Manuscripts.

For further information

Please see the journal homepage: or contact the guest editor.