Call for Papers: Protective Factors in Violence

Submission Deadline

  • September 12, 2014


  • Chiara Sabina
  • Victoria Banyard


Psychology of Violence invites manuscripts for a special issue on resilience and protective factors related to victimization and perpetration to be compiled by guest editors Chiara Sabina and Victoria Banyard. This special issue will published in 2015.

It is important to understand factors that may protect against experiencing victimization, re-victimization and/or perpetration across the lifespan. We must also better understand variables that promote the well-being and resilience of victims of violence. Such variables span various social-ecological levels including the individual, peer, family, school, work, community, and society at large.

Research is especially needed that includes a broad conceptualization of violence, extends beyond the individual level of analysis, and includes diverse groups.

This special issue will attempt to break down the "silos" that have developed in each domain of violence research in an effort to move the field toward a more integrative understanding of protective factors and variables associated with resilience across types of violence and across the lifespan.

We conceptualize violence broadly including child maltreatment, psychological aggression and coercive control, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, bullying, community violence, elder abuse, sexual aggression, suicidal behavior, and stalking.

We welcome papers that address these issues theoretically and empirically and highlight the implications of this approach for prevention, intervention, and public policy. We are especially interested in papers that address protective factors related to multiple types of violence and/or multiple age groups.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual models that explain protective factors or resilience for different types of violence.
  • Protective factors at different points in the lifespan, including continuity or discontinuity of protective variables over time.
  • Protective factors pertinent to specific cultural groups and/or multiple cultural groups.
  • Implications of poly-victimization for understanding resilience and/or protective factors.
  • Links between protective factors and prevention or intervention programs.
  • Evaluation of prevention and intervention programs that emphasize protective factors.
  • Review of protective factors through meta-analysis.

Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue.

Deadline for submitting manuscripts is September 12, 2014.

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to Chiara Sabina and Victoria Banyard.

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