Journal of Gender-Based Violence

The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (JGBV), is the first international journal based in Europe to show case the work of scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and from a range of methodologies.

The journal acknowledges both the breadth of gender-based violence (GBV) and its links to gendered inequalities. It aims to continue to document the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of GBV, to publish work regarding those who perpetrate GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained. The journal recognises the intersection of gender with other identities and power relations, such as ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, faith, disability and economic status.

JGBV publishes high quality papers that contribute to understanding of GBV, policy, and/or activism, on sexual violence, domestic abuse, ‘honour’-based violence, prostitution, trafficking and/or reproductive violence and abuse in a wide range of intimate, familial, community and societal contexts.

The editors invite interest from scholars working across the social sciences and related fields including social policy, sociology, politics, criminology, law, social psychology, development and economics, as well as disciplines allied to medicine, health and wellbeing.

The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is published by Policy Press on behalf of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol.

What people are saying about the Journal of Gender-Based Violence

“The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is a welcome addition to feminist publication venues for research and commentary in this field. With an outstanding editorial team, the journal will provide a major service to academics, practitioners and policy makers through the dissemination of significant studies, as well as essays on policy and practice links and book reflections.” - Claire M. Renzetti, Editor, Violence Against Women: An International, Interdisciplinary Journal, and Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair for Studies of Violence Against Women, University of Kentucky

"The Journal of Gender-Based Violence addresses a critical challenge for our world, that is ending gender-based violence and promoting violence-free relationships and communities.... This journal and its editor, Marianne Hester, bring an important perspective that deserves greater visibility." - Jeffrey L Edleson, PhD, School of Social Welfare, Berkeley, California

“The Journal of Gender-Based Violence fills what is now a gaping hole in publication outlets; its international focus will quickly and significantly propel work in this area forward. “ - Cris M. Sullivan, Michigan State University

"The multidisciplinary approach of the Journal of Gender-Based Violence will provide a scholarly illumination not only of the complexity of the issue, but also offers a place for transforming knowledge into innovative responses." - Patrick O'Leary, Griffith University, Australia

“The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is to be welcomed in providing an European perspective on understandings and responses to this complex set of phenomena.”-  John Devaney, Queens University Belfast

“This new journal is long overdue and promises to become an essential tool in this important area of work.” - Rebecca Dobash & Russell Dobash, Emeritus Professors, Criminology, School of Law, University of Manchester. Authors of Violence Against Wives: A Case Against the Patriarchy, 1979; Women, Violence & Social Change, 1992; When Men Murder Women, 2015.

Call for Papers for a Themed Issue on:

Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe

Guest Editors: Dr. Marceline Naudi (University of Malta) and Prof. Lorraine Radford (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Background to the call
The Journal of Gender Based Violence is a multidisciplinary international journal, positioned to attract high quality contributions on gender-based violence from around the world. It has a wide focus, covering all gender-based violence, not just men’s violence against women and girls. The journal also recognises the intersection of gender with other identities and power relations, including ethnicity, sexuality and economic status. It showcases work across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and discusses policy, law, theory, practice and activism. In addition, the journal publishes work regarding perpetrators and of the social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained, as well as including the voices of victims of gender-based violence.

This Special Issue of the Journal covers the theme Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe. It is inspired by new thinking, policy and practice in European countries, within and outside of the EU, and by the IInd European Conference on Domestic Violence, at the University of Porto, Portugal. Feminist activists, practitioners, researchers and policy makers across Europe face similar challenges and opportunities in thinking about, responding to and implementing strategies to end gender-based violence, including domestic violence.

Themes covered in this Issue will include:
  • Developments in feminist thinking and activism: understanding the complexity of the issues to be addressed for ending domestic violence across the European context, looking at the structural factors that impact on these such as political, social and economic challenges including austerity, inequality, migration, gender issues and intersectionality
  • Improving the practical response to and care of survivors of domestic violence within the changing policy landscape, promoting effective working with adults and/or young people who experience violence in their intimate relationships and improving the quality and effectiveness of work with perpetrators of violence.
The Special Issue of the Journal will bring together articles and other contributions from researchers, activists and practitioners to critically assess these developments and their impact.

Call for contributions
Articles and other contributions are invited for the Themed Issue which will examine how adults and young people have been affected, positively or negatively, by these developments across different European contexts. The editors aim to include:
  • Original research - 5-7 high quality research articles, (max 7000 words),
  • Policy updates and analyses - Items for the Policy and Practice section (2,000-4,000 words)
  • Contributions to the Open Space section (2,000-4,000 words)

Information for contributors
Articles: Authors wishing to publish an article in the Themed Issue on Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe should submit an extended abstract (600 words) setting out their topic and methods and describing the argument of their article or the questions it will explore. Draft articles already in preparation may also be submitted at this stage. Research-based articles will be selected for publication in JGBV on the basis of double blind peer-review of their academic quality and contribution to knowledge.

Within JGBV’s Themed Issue on Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe, articles will be grouped under coherent sub-themes. Possible examples are indicated here, although others may be considered. Sub-themes for articles may include:
  • Looking backwards and forwards, what we have learnt from research and activism in Europe
  • Working with intersectionality and diversity
  • Contemporary challenges and opportunities for services
The Themed Issue will also include an editorial article by guest editors Marceline Naudi and Lorraine Radford.

The Policy and Practice and Open Space sections of the JGBV
Contributions for these sections of the Themed Issue of JGBV are also invited. Further information about these sections is available from the Journal’s Instructions for Authors.

Deadlines and submission arrangements
  • For articles, extended abstracts (600 words) should be sent to by 1 December 2017. (Those submitting abstracts will be notified of the editors’ decision to invite submission of their full article by 8th January 2018.)
  • Within two weeks of notification, contributors whose abstracts are accepted must confirm their intention to submit a full article.
  • Authors should then submit their completed article for peer review by 1 June 2018, presenting this in conformity with JGBV house style, via the online JGBV Editorial Manager site at:
  • JGBV aims to publish its Themed Issue on Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe in JGBV June 2019.

Additional information for contributors

The Guest Editors will manage the process of:
  • Initially considering papers.
  • Identifying reviewers and sending papers out for peer review, in consultation with JGBV editors, using the journal’s ‘Editorial Manager’ system.
  • Communicating reviewers’ comments to the authors.
  • Deciding whether revised papers need to be reviewed again.
  • Making a provisional decision to accept or reject.
Contributors should note:
The Editors of JGBV will aim to publish the Themed Issue in 2019, but potential contributors should note that JGBV’s Editors may decide to:
  • Run the Themed Issue in a later issue than originally planned.
  • Accept only some of the papers and put them instead in a themed section of another issue of JGBV, which also includes other papers.
  • Accept only one or two papers and present them as regular contributions to the journal.
  • Determine that none of the papers meets the quality standards or targeted content of the journal

Dr Marceline Naudi and Professor Lorraine Radford
Guest Editors of the themed issue

Management Board

Marianne Hester
, Editor-in-Chief, Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy, University of Bristol, UK

Nadia Aghtaie, Co-Editor, University of Bristol, UK
Geetanjali Gangoli, Co-Editor, University of Bristol, UK
Natasha Mulvihill, Co-Editor, University of Bristol, UK
William Turner, Co-Editor, University of Bristol, UK
Emma Williamson, Co-Editor, University of Bristol, UK
Liz Kelly, Consulting Editor, London Metropolitan University, UK
Sylvia Walby, Consulting Editor, Lancaster University, UK
Anjali Dave, Regional Editor - South Asia, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Marceline Naudi, Regional Editor - Europe, University of Malta
Nazand Begikhani, Regional Editor - Middle East, University of Bristol, UK
Evan Stark, Regional Editor - North America, Rutgers University, USA
Eleri Butler, Associate Editor - Practice Link, Welsh Women's Aid, UK
Rosa Logar, Associate Editor - Policy Link, WAVE/GREVIO
Sarika Seshadri, Associate Editor - Practice Link, Women's Aid, UK
Jo Todd, Associate Editor - Practice link, Respect, UK
Lorraine Radford, Chair of the Boards, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Julia Mortimer, Publisher, Policy Press

Editorial Advisory Board

Debra Allnock, University of Bedfordshire, UK  
Loraine Bacchus, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK  
Christine Barter, University of Central Lancashire, UK  
Lois Bibbings, University of Bristol, UK
Joanne Conaghan, University of Bristol, UK
Maddy Coy, University of Florida, USA 
Catherine Donovan, University of Sunderland, UK
Viveka Enander, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden  
Maria Eriksson, Mälardalen University, Sweden  
Gene Feder, University of Bristol, UK
Rachel Fenton, University of Exeter, UK
David Gadd, The University of Manchester, UK  
Aisha Gill, University of Roehampton, UK  
Kelsey Hegarty, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Juha Holma, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Emma Howarth, University of Cambridge, UK
Sara Hossain, Lawyer Supreme Court, Bangladesh
Indira Jaising, Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative, India
Barbara Kavemann, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Renate Klein, The University of Maine, USA
Nancy Lombard, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Gillian Macdonald, University of Bath, UK
Finn Mackay, University of the West of England, UK
Ellen Malos, University of Bristol, UK
Karen Morgan,  University of Bristol, UK   
Janice Ristock, University of Manitoba, Canada
Amanda Robinson, Cardiff University, UK
Renee Romkens, Atria, Netherlands
Lynnmarie Sardinha, University of Bristol, UK
Tina Skinner, University of Bath, UK
Nicky Stanley, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Eszter Szilassy, University of Bristol, UK
Nicole Westmarland, Durham University, UK
Qihua Ye, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China

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What are we looking for?
We are looking for papers which contribute to the field of Gender-Based Violence. This might include:

  • Academic articles based on research, or major reviews, which should be between 5000 and 7000 words long (including references) with up to 5 key words, classifications, and an abstract of up to 200 words. Submissions should also include a key messages section which describes the key messages of the paper in 2-3 single sentence bullet points. Submissions should be anonymised (see instructions below) for double-blind peer review. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods. Authors should indicate if their article presents new empirical findings or is based on methodological innovation and should write in a style suitable for JGBV’s academic, NGO, activist, policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Policy and Practice papers should usually be between 2000 and 4000 words with up to 5 key words, classifications, and an abstract of up to 200 words. Submissions should also include a key messages section which describes the key messages of the paper in 2-3 single sentence bullet points. We recommend that you discuss with the editors prior to submission. These submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board. Policy and Practice papers should contribute to international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience between NGOs, social movement activists, policymakers, and academics. Contributors are encouraged to highlight innovative policy or practice at the local, national or international level.  
  • Open Space welcomes short submissions (up to 4000 words in length) for publication in the journal, and provides a space for feminist discussion, dialogue, analysis and reflections on activism, methodologies and events. We invite literary, poetic and creative forms, including interviews, personal narratives, polemics, reflections on key thinkers and ideas, and other non-standard submissions that will initiate and feed into debate. These pieces are reviewed by members of the editorial board. Contributors should discuss the suitability of Open Space pieces with the Editor in advance.


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How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Gender-Based Violence Editorial Manager website (, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details. Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial or contact the Editorial Office.

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How to anonymise your submission

Author and study names should be removed in order to anonymise as should any acknowledgements which would identify the authors. We recognise that some research teams will be identifiable from the content but we ask all to anonymise as much as possible in the text. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field. The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors.

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Copyright & Permissions

The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is published by Policy Press on behalf of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Policy Press.

General information on rights and permissions can be found here:

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  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Further guidance may be found in Policy Press editorial guidelines
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A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference. Do not include dates of access to websites
  • Spell out all acronyms in first instance.


Example of book reference

Aghtaie, N., and Gangoli, G. (2015) National and International Perspectives to Gender Based Violence. Abingdon: Routledge


Example of journal reference

Williamson, E., and Abrahams, HA. (2014) A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK. Journal of Women and Social Work, vol 29, pp. 178-191


Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication

Hester, M. (2012) Globalization, Activism and Local Contexts: Development of Policy on Domestic Violence in China and England, in: Segal, M. T., Chow, E. N. & Demos, V. (eds.) Social Production and Reproduction at the Interface of Public and Private Spheres. London: Emerald, pp. 273-294


Example of website reference

Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse, 15th August.

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