Domestic Abuse and Family Violence in the UK: The Impact of COVID-19

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

Guest Editors:

Dr Roxanne Khan, University of Central Lancashire, UK

[email protected] 

Dr Emma Katz, Liverpool Hope University, UK

[email protected] 

 

Focus:

The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (JACPR) invites manuscripts for a topical Special Issue, Domestic Abuse and Family Violence in the UK: The Impact of COVID-19. Guest Editors for this Special Issue are Dr. Roxanne Khan (HARM network at University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Emma Katz (Liverpool Hope University).

This Special Issue welcomes contributions from academics, practitioners, and other professionals with an interest in this area. Contributions may include research papers using any methodological approach (quantitative, qualitative, or mix-method) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse and family violence in the UK from psychological and/or social perspectives. This Special Issue also encourages submission of quality literature reviews, theoretical articles, and commentaries.

 

Overview:

In the same year that the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill (2021) was passed in the UK and the appointment of the first Domestic Abuse Commissioner, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on victims, and those working to safeguard them. Referred to as an “epidemic within a pandemic” by the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, it is estimated that domestic abuse and family violence has escalated during lockdown, with higher levels of psychological abuse, physical and sexual violence, coercive control, and domestic homicide. In addition to depleted funding for domestic abuse support services, the negative impact of this pandemic is likely to ripple through the generations.

Domestic Abuse and Family Violence in the UK: The Impact of COVID-19 is, therefore, a topical area of investigation with innovative research being conducted and vital findings emerging. This Special Issue represents an excellent opportunity for researchers and practitioners, from a wide range of disciplines (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education, political science, public health, law, and social work, etc.), to disseminate their work to a wide and attentive readership. Contributions may focus on, but are certainly not limited to, areas such as:

  1. Black women’s lockdown experiences of domestic abuse
  2. Forced marriage: hidden victims of lockdown
  3. Digital abuse during lockdown
  4. Male domestic abuse victims and COVID-19
  5. Racism in the UK’s domestic abuse sector
  6. COVID-19, domestic abuse related self-harm and suicidality
  7. Domestic abuse and the Higher Education sector. Safeguarding measures during lockdown and beyond
  8. Child victims of domestic abuse during lockdown
  9. The impact of COVID-19 on FGM affected communities in the UK
  10. The Domestic Abuse Bill (2021): Lessons from lockdown
  11. Exploring the UK’s parental alienation debate
  12. Pet abuse during lockdown

In addressing these topics, the Guest Editors are open to research from a variety of theoretical perspectives, empirical approaches, and geographical locations.

 

Guidelines for specific article types:

Articles. Regular articles are manuscripts that analyse and interpret the results of research projects that have collected original, primary data. The maximum length is 6000 words (including abstract, figures, tables, and references, please allow 350 words for each figure or table). The text of the paper should include the following sections: introduction, methods, results, discussion. A 250-word structured abstract (introduction, methods, results, conclusions) should also be submitted with the article.

Reviews. Review articles critically analyse the literature relevant to Domestic Abuse and Family Violence in the UK: The Impact of COVID-19. The text cannot exceed 6000 words (including figures, tables, and references, please allow 350 words for each figure or table). A 250-word unstructured abstract should also be submitted with the article. Review articles may include a maximum of 5 tables and figures and up to 75 references.

Commentaries. These papers may address any range of topics relevant to Domestic Abuse and Family Violence in the UK: The Impact of COVID-19. The text cannot exceed 2000 words, with up to 10 references, and 1 table or figure.

 

Submission Procedure:

 

Submission Opening: 18th October 2021

Submission Deadline: 7th February 2022