Call for Papers - Minimising Violence Against Emergency Health Care Workers

Call for papers for: Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

Guest Editors: Evelien Spelten and Peter O’Meara 

This special issue of Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research aims to provide a forum for scholars to discuss the wider context of violence against emergency health care workers. Violence against health care workers is an acknowledged wicked problem. For example, severe incidents resulting in the death of a worker attract outrage, while the everyday dangers (spitting, calling names) are more difficult to tackle. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in violence incidents.

Organisations try to address the issue, while cognisant of reputational damage if they admit that they suffer from a violent workplace. Legal frameworks and penalties have been put in place, but their actual impact on everyday violence is arguable. The focus of interventions has been on the worker (e.g. generic de-escalation training) and less so on the perpetrator, even though workers are able to distinguish between different categories of perpetrators. Can we shift the focus from the worker to the perpetrator?

This Special Issue encompasses new research articles, timely reviews and experts’ perspectives on a range of topics related to violence against emergency health care workers. Experts in the field are invited to share their recent findings and new ideas.

We welcome submissions to this special issue.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Emergency Departments
  • Paramedicine
  • Remote working health care workers
  • Focus on perpetrators
  • Policy and Governmental perspectives
  • Organisational issues
  • Collaboration between services
  • Public Health approaches
  • Societal perspective
  • Influence of social media
  • International/comparative perspective
  • Workers assigned quasi-public health roles during the pandemic and other natural disasters, e.g. police, security guards, defence personnel.

Deadline and submission details

The submission deadline for all papers is 30th July 2021

Articles should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words in length. This includes all text, for example, the structured abstract, references, all text in tables, and figures and appendices. Each figure or table counts as 350 words.

Conference papers will be considered for publication in this special issue. To submit your research, please visit:

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If you have questions about this special issue, please contact the Guest Editors:

Evelien Spelten ([email protected]) Peter  O’Meara ([email protected])