Cyberviolence: A Plague of Victimization and Exploitation Online


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Cybervictimization is constantly evolving and to date, there is not a collection of empirical pieces that focus on this issue. Further, the majority of cyber literature special issues focus on cybersecurity, cyber intelligence and crimes involving destruction and financial gain. This special issue is unique by filling the gap in the current literature. 

The detriment of cyberviolence in regard to mental and physical health has been shown to be just as significant as physical forms of abuse. Further, due to the ability of sharing online materials to a large amount of people in mere seconds, this form of victimization can be repeated and therefore significantly detrimental. As suidical ideation and attempt rates are continuing to increase, it is imperative attention to be drawn to this phenomenon in order to develop preventative programming. 

This special issue will envelope two of the UN sustainable development goals: (3) good health and well-being and (16) peace, justice and strong institutions. The infiltration of the Internet and technology into the daily lives of adults and minors has caused a significant decrease for many in overall quality of life, such as depression, anxiety, and relationship skills. That is not even considering the increased rates of victimization and exploitation.

List of Topic Areas

  • Cybervictimization and exploitation 
  • Cyberstalking 
  • Nonconsensual pornography 
  • Revenge pornography 
  • Doxxing 
  • Deep fakes 

Submissions Information

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Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:  

 Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”: Cyberviolence 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal. 

Key Deadlines

Opening: 1st August 2023

Closing: 1st April 2024

Guest Editors

Catherine Marcum, Appalachian State University, USA 
Kyung-Shick Choi, Boston University, USA