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Special Issue "Family Violence"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Catrin Finkenauer

Universiteit Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 1, Room H234A, 3584 CS UTRECHT, The Netherlands
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Phone: +31 30 253 2384
Interests: interpersonal dynamics and relationships, including parent-child relationships, intimate relationships, and friendships; secrecy, disclosure, privacy invasion, trust, self-control, family violence, divorce, and child abuse
Guest Editor
Ms. Yayouk E. Willems

Universiteit Utrecht, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands
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Phone: +31 20 59 84 382
Interests: child development and gene environment interaction, self-control, family conflict, domestic violence, high-conflict divorce

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Millions of people worldwide experience family violence in all its forms (interpersonal violence, child maltreatment, elder abuse, sexual violence). About 275 million children experience child abuse and witness interparental violence every year. One in 3 women in relationships throughout the world experiences interpersonal violence during their lifetime. Beyond the immediate mental and physical harm, exposure to family violence is one of the most important risk factors for physical disease, psychopathology, professional and academic failure, delinquency, substance use, suicide and other adverse outcomes across the life course. Also, exposure to family violence during childhood and adolescence predicts people’s use of violence themselves. Given the high prevalence of family violence and striking figures on associated risks for health and wellbeing, family violence poses a large economic burden and challenge to society and health care.

Despite significant advances, mechanisms explaining associations between family violence and psychosocial problems remain largely unknown, which hinders explaining and predicting family violence and, importantly, hampers the development of effective interventions. Therefore, this special issue is intended to highlight new directions in the study of family violence that set an agenda for research. In this special issue, we are interested in original research, case studies, and review articles examining the mechanisms, interpersonal dynamics, and influence of larger social contexts (neighbourhood violence, war) that give rise to family conflict and violence. We also welcome work that moves family violence to the realm of public health. Topics may include but are not limited to: interparental violence, child maltreatment, parent-child conflict, sibling interactions, intimate partner conflict, high-conflict divorce, and elder abuse. We welcome research from various perspectives and disciplines and will give priority to innovative contributions to any aspect of family violence. The goal of this Special Issue is to form a repository of current and diverse work investigating a diversity of mechanisms and processes giving rise to family violence.

This open access journal is a peer-reviewed and PubMed listed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Prof. Dr. Catrin Finkenauer
Ms. Yayouk E. Willems
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Family violence
  • Relational escalations
  • Intimate partner conflict
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Relationship
  • Mechanisms
  • Intervention
  • Mental health
  • Interpersonal dynamics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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