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Call for Papers for Special Issue: "The Intersections between Intimate Partner Violence and Violence against Children"

To be published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
11 Jan 2023
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UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight is collaborating with guest editors from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Cape Town, to launch this Special Issue on the intersections between intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children (VAC), two serious global health concerns and violations of human rights.

We invite you to submit papers according to the details below.


The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal published semimonthly online by Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). It covers Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Public Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Health Economic and Global Health Research, and more. This special issue belongs to the "Women's Health" section of the journal. 

Paper submission deadline: 1 September 2023

Guest editors 

Dr. Manuela Colombini, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Prof. Dr. Loraine J. Bacchus, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Prof. Dr. Shanaaz Mathews, University of Cape Town
Alessandra Guedes, UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight


This important research topic has recently gained global attention due to growing evidence that there are high levels of co-occurrence between intimate partner violence and violence against children, particularly within the same household. Despite intimate partner violence against women resulting in significant adverse health consequences for both women and their children, its links with safeguarding children and child protection processes have not been systematically addressed in research.

Submission of papers

We call for papers that explore: 

  1. The essential elements and impacts of interventions and  programmes that effectively address the co-occurrence of these two types of violence within the home environment (e.g., through combined approaches or joined programmes);
  2. Innovative approaches to measuring co-occurring violence against women and against children within the home environment, including violence throughout the course of their lives, through longitudinal cohort studies;
  3. The existence and impacts of policies that address violence against women and violence against children together;
  4. The key barriers to and facilitators of coordination and collaboration on intimate partner violence and VAC across sectors at multiple levels;
  5. Interventions that target adolescents and their vulnerability to the co-occurrence of these forms of violence (including dating violence and early marriage).

We especially welcome research that addresses underrepresented populations in a global context.

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. 

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.

Process for submitting manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the MDPI website by registering and logging in to this page.

Once you are registered, access the submission form here. Papers can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are 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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting your manuscript(s). The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). 

This special issue is now open for submissions.

Find out more here.