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Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

eISSN: 15528448 | ISSN: 10778012 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 9 Frequency: 16 Times/Year

ISI Essential Science IndicatorsSM Names VAW a Rising Star
According to a recent analysis of the ISI Essential Science IndicatorsSM Web product, Violence Against Women recently entered the top 50% of journals in the field of Social Sciences, with 335 papers cited a total of 858 times to date. Click here to read the interview with Editor Claire Renzetti, who talks about this journal’s citation record.

Unravelling the Threat of Violence
The problem of violence against women manifests itself in a terrifying array of forms throughout the world. The experience of violent intrusion - or the threat of such intrusion - is a common thread in the fabric of women's everyday lives in societies around the world.

As an international journal, one of the goals of Violence Against Women is to unravel that thread by shedding light not only on forms of violence that are already widely discussed but also on lesser known forms of violence, such as dowry murders, female genital cutting (FGC), enslavement for sex tourism, and rape as a weapon of war. Topics recently covered in the journal have included: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Coercion, Hate Crimes, Corporate Violence, Wife Rape, Pornography, Acquaintance Rape, Violence in Lesbian Relationships, and Violence Against Trans Women. 

Unity of Purpose
Efforts to deal with the crisis of violence against women, in its many forms, have been fragmented by the boundaries of academic disciplines, professional allegiances, and increasingly, credentialism. Academics and clinicians are speaking to those most like themselves in relatively closed groups, not hearing the numerous voices that need to be heard if we are to develop a full understanding of the problem and a comprehensive strategy for addressing it. A primary goal of this journal, therefore, is to foster dialogue among those working in various fields and disciplines, as well as in agencies and other settings, and among those from diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnocultural and racial identity, sexuality, sex and gender identity, and experiences of victimization/ survivorship.

To achieve that goal, contributions are featured from a variety of diverse perspectives, such as: Ethnic Studies, Criminology, Public Health, Political Science, Law, Psychology, Advocacy, Public Policy, Social Work, Gender Studies, Media Studies, and Medicine Sociology.

Comprehensive Coverage
Launched in March 1995, Violence Against Women is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that focuses on gender-based violence against women in all forms and across cultural and national boundaries, publishing a wide range of articles, including:

  • Empirical Research - Contributions from the cross section of disciplines studying violence against women, using both qualitative and quantitative methodology.
  • Research Notes - Empirically based papers containing a clear statement of a research problem and presented in summary form.
  • Activist/ Advocate Notes - A forum for activists and advocates to report efforts to fight violence against women world-wide.  
  • Survivor Articles/ Poetry - A shift from the realm of objective scientific research to the subjective experience of the abuse victim.
  • Legal Notes - A forum for legal professionals and scholars to communicate current legal issues.
  • Clinical Notes - Discussions of the latest developments in law, clinical practice, medicine, social work, and activism, and their implications for women victims of violence and those who work or do research with them.

Violence against Women is an international, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of research and information on all aspects of the problem of violence against women. The journal assumes a broad definition of violence; topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, female infantcide, female genital cutting (FGC), and female sexual slavery.

Claire M. Renzetti University of Kentucky, USA
Associate Editors
Jeffrey L. Edleson University of California, Berkeley, USA
Social Media Editor
Rachel Barczak University of Kentucky, USA
Editorial Assistant
Lisa Kistler University of Kentucky, USA
Editorial Board
Patricia Melgar Alcantud Universitat de Girona, Spain
Bethany Backes University of Central Florida, USA
Floretta Boonzaier University of Cape Town, South Africa
Roberto Castro National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Shamita Das Dasgupta MANAVI, USA
Liria Fernández González University of Deusto, Spain
Leigh S. Goodmark University of Maryland, School of Law, USA
Aya Gruber University of Colorado Law School, USA
Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Nicola Henry RMIT University, Australia
Shamus Khan Princeton University, USA
Chunrye Kim St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, USA
Nancy Lombard Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Kellie Lynch University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Susan Miller University of Delaware, USA
Edward W. Morris University of Kentucky
Jennifer O’Brien University of New Hampshire, USA
Ruth Fleury-Steiner University of Delaware, USA
Laura Tarzia University of Melbourne, Australia
Leslie M. Tutty University of Calgary, Canada
Sarah E. Ullman University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Violence Against Women. To facilitate the review process, please ensure that your submission adheres to the following guidelines.

    Submission Website

    All manuscript submissions should be submitted electronically at Authors will be required to create an online account to submit their work.

    Manuscript Sections

    All manuscripts should include the following sections as a minimum: Title, Abstract (about 100 words), Main Body, and References. Sections of the manuscript should appear in the following order: Title, Abstract with Key Words, Main Body, Notes, References, Tables & Figures, and Appendices. Each section should begin on a new page.

    Anonymized Review

    Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Please do not include author names, affiliations, or any other identifying information about the authors in your submission. Do not submit a complete title page, acknowledgment, or author biography at this stage in the review process.  Authors will be asked to add these elements to their manuscript only after a publication decision is made.

    Document Type & Style

    All manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Include all sections of the manuscript in the same document to the extent possible. You may upload separate documents for tables, figures, and appendices, if needed. 

    All text should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spaced. Only text in tables and figures may be single spaced. Manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages (US Letter 8x11 inches), inclusive of all sections.

    Manuscripts should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Please remove all automatic referencing features from the document and ensure that in text citations and references are text.


    It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission and pay any and all associated fees. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult Editor Claire Renzetti,

    English Language Editing

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using the services offered by SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Author Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    Open Access Options

    There are no fees to submit or publish in this journal. If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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