Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Child Sexual Abuse | Domestic Violence | Rape & Sex Crimes
The Journal of Interpersonal Violence offers the most up-to-date information on domestic violence, rape, child sexual abuse and other violent crimes. JIV only publishes reports of individual studies in which the scientific method is applied to the study of some aspect of interpersonal violence. Research may use qualitative or quantitative methods. JIV does not publish reviews of research, individual case studies, or the conceptual analysis of some aspect of interpersonal violence. Outcome data for program or intervention evaluations must include a comparison or control group.
Reviews of research studies or legal cases are welcome at Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal.
Well respected and highly rated, JIV publishes research on all aspects of interpersonal violence from researchers around the globe. JIV is the first scholarly publication to require manuscripts to address issues of diversity in the work. Publishing research from a wide perspective, JIV is an excellent source for the latest research on interpersonal violence which informs practice, policy and future research.
The following features regularly appear:
- Practice Update summarizes major areas of research and discusses their applications to practice.
- Commentary exchanges ideas on topics of current concern in the field, such as videotaping investigative interviews with children, acquaintance rape and reporting child abuse.
- On Methodology stimulates and informs research by identifying critical issues and offering potential solutions for common methodological problems in interpersonal violence research.*
- Book Reviews discuss publications that are of key importance to researchers and practitioners in the field.
- Annual Index provides quick and easy access to material by author and article
- Scholarly Articles address the causes, effects, treatments and prevention of all types of interpersonal violence
- Notes from Practice reports innovations from experiences in practice
- Special issues and special sections focus on important topics in
interpersonal violence and trauma and may include a range of research studies, reviews of research, conceptual or theoretical manuscripts, and commentaries. Special issues are typically edited by a guest editor. JIV accepts proposals for special issues by contacting the Editor.
* Please note: Methodology-related manuscripts include studies on the conduct of one or more steps in the processes of science, including the development of questions or hypotheses, techniques, design, measurement, data analysis or other aspects of scientific investigations focused on interpersonal violence. Methodology manuscripts must include a description of how the information presented contributes to or broadens the current state of the science in the field. Manuscripts, for example, that focus only on translating a scale(s) into other languages will not be considered for publication unless the findings meet one or more of the foci listed above. Simple replication or extension of findings may be appropriate for publication in JIV but not in the methodology section.
The Journal of Interpersonal Violence is devoted to the study and treatment of victims and perpetrators of interpersonal violence. It provides a forum of discussion of the concerns and activities of professionals and researchers working in domestic violence, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, physical child abuse, and violent crime. With its dual focus on victims and victimizers, the journal will publish material that addresses the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of all types of violence.
JIV only publishes reports on individual studies in which the scientific method is applied to the study of some aspect of interpersonal violence. Research may use qualitative or quantitative methods. JIV does not publish reviews of research, individual case studies, or the conceptual analysis of some aspect of interpersonal violence. Outcome data for program or intervention evaluations must include a comparison or control group.
Reviews of research studies or legal cases are welcome at Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal.
Please note: Methodology-related manuscripts include studies on the conduct of one or more steps in the processes of science, including the development of questions or hypotheses, techniques, design, measurement, data analysis or other aspects of scientific investigations focused on interpersonal violence. Methodology manuscripts must include a description of how the information presented contributes to or broadens the current state of the science in the field. Manuscripts, for example, that focus only on translating a scale(s) into other languages will not be considered for publication unless the findings meet one or more of the foci listed above. Simple replication or extension of findings to new or different populations may be appropriate for publication in JIV but not in the On Methodology section.
|Jon R. Conte||University of Washington, USA|
|Tricia Bent-Goodley||Howard University, USA|
|Bart Klika||Prevent Child Abuse America, Chicago, IL, USA|
|TK Logan||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Emiko Tajima||University of Washington, USA|
|Parveen Ali||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Carmen Alvarez||Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA|
|Larry Bennett||Indiana University, South Bend, USA|
|Beverly Black||The University of Texas at Arlington, USA|
|Raul Caetano||UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School & School of Public Health, USA|
|Jacquelyn Campbell||Johns Hopkins University, USA|
|Rebecca Campbell||Michigan State University, USA|
|Catherine Cerulli||University of Rochester Medical Center, USA|
|Robert Cramer||University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA|
|Sibnath Deb||Department of Applied Psychology, Calcutta University, India|
|Mary Ann Dutton||Georgetown University Medical Center, USA|
|Sothy Eng||University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA|
|Kathleen Coulborn Faller||University of Michigan School of Social Work; Family Assessment Clinic at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, USA|
|Lisa Fontes||University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA|
|Mary Ellen Fromuth||Middle Tennessee State University, USA|
|Helen Gavin||University of Huddersfield, UK|
|Christine Gidycz||Ohio University, USA|
|L. Kevin Hamberger||Medical College of Wisconsin, USA|
|Megan Haselschwerdt||University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA|
|Zoe Hilton||University of Toronto and Waypoint Research Institute, Canada|
|Kathleen Kendall-Tackett||Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, USA|
|Mary P. Koss||University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, USA|
|Karen Joe Laidler||The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
|Gregory L. Stuart||University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA|
|Cris Sullivan||Michigan State University, USA|
|Sarah Ullman||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Tricia Witte||University of Alabama, USA|
|Candace Conte||University of Washington, USA|
JIV only publishes reports on individual studies in which the scientific method is applied to the study of some aspect of interpersonal violence. Research may use qualitative or quantitative methods. JIV does not publish reviews of research, individual case studies, or the conceptual analysis of some aspect of interpersonal violence.
Each manuscript must:
- be prepared using APA style, and be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures;
- include an abstract of 250-300 words that clearly and concisely summarizes the study questions, subjects, methods, findings and major implications;
- include a discussion of diversity as it applies to the reviewed research.*
* Journal policy on addressing diversity in manuscripts:
JIV requires all submissions to include a discussion of diversity as it applies to the reviewed research (e.g., nature of the sample, limitations of the measurement). The discussion should address the body of knowledge reviewed as it addresses or fails to address issues of diversity. Diversity concerns are not criteria for publication but must be addressed. The nature of the discussion and amount of space devoted to the discussion is the responsibility of the author(s).
JIV understands diversity to include all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, ability, age, and culture.
Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives and serves as a catalyst for expanding knowledge and practice with all human beings. While science seeks knowledge that can be generalized, it must appreciate that specific findings, while important in understanding the unique experiences of individuals or groups, are not necessarily applicable to all.
Invited Manuscripts on Addressing Diversity in IPV Research:
Tajima, E. A. (2021). First, Do No Harm: From Diversity and Inclusion to Equity and Anti-racism in Interpersonal Violence Research and Scholarship. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(11–12), 4953–4987. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211012999
Bent-Goodley, T. (2021). Diversity in Interpersonal Violence Research. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(11–12), 4937–4952. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211013003
All manuscripts are peer reviewed and should be submitted with a letter indicating that the material has not been published elsewhere and is not under review at another publication. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jiv where authors will be required to set up on online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Inquiries may be made by email at JIV@u.washington.edu.
Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/engLang.htm.
Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.
JIV does not respond to author inquiries regarding the interest of the journal in their manuscript or on the suitability of their manuscript for JIV. The mission and parameters of JIV are clearly stated above and JIV assumes that authors are in the best position to know if their work is consistent with the aims and scope of the journal.
Manuscripts should be prepared using the APA Style Guide, and should be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures. (Brief Notes should be no longer than 12 double-spaced pages, inclusive.) Text must be in 12-point Times New Roman font. Block quotes may be single-spaced. Manuscripts must include margins of 1 inch on all sides and pages must be numbered sequentially. All files should be in Word (.docx or .doc).
The manuscript should include five major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body (anonymized, with all author names and identifying information removed for peer review), References, and Author Biographies.
Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, (9) Appendices, and (10) Author Biographies.
1. Title page must be uploaded as a separate file. Please include the following:
- Full article title
- Acknowledgments and credits
- Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
- Grant numbers and/or funding information
- Conflict of interests, if any
- Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)
2. Abstract. Copy and paste the abstract (250 to 300 words) into the space provided, headed by the full article title. Omit author names. Abstract must clearly and concisely summarize the study questions, subjects, methods, findings, and major implications.
3. Keywords. 5-7 keywords must be included in the manuscript.
4. Text. Begin text headed by the full article title. Text must be anonymized, with all author names and other identifying information removed, for peer review.
a. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text.
Level 1: centered, boldface, upper & lowercase
Level 2: flush left, boldface, upper & lowercase
Level 3: indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period
Level 4: indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period
Level 5: indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period
b. Citations. For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information: author(s) and year of publication. Following are some examples of text citations:
(i) Unknown Author: To cite works that do not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. For example, “The findings are based on the study of students learning to format research papers” ("Using XXX," 2001)
(ii) Authors with the Same Last Name: Use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. For example, “L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998.”
(iii) Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lowercase letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation. For example, “Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that…”
(iv) Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews, and other person-to-person communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. For example, E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009. Do not include personal communication in the reference list.
(v) Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date"). For example, “The study conducted by the students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring” (Tutoring and APA, n.d.).
5. Notes. If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.
6. References. Basic rules for the reference list:
- The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.
- If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication).
- When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and.”
- Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there is one, and any proper names – i.e., only those words that are normally capitalized.
- Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.
- Manuscripts submitted to JIV should strictly follow the current APA style guide.
- Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.
- Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.
- Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.
Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples, please check the APA style guide:
Book with place of publication: Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.
Book with editors & edition: Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.
Book with author & publisher are the same: MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.
Chapter in an edited book: Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley & T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Journal article with more than one author (print): Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.
Journal article – 8 or more authors: Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4469/
Internet – no author, no date: Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://www.holisticonline.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm
Internet – Organisation / Corporate author: SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from
Examples of various types of information sources:
Act (statute / legislation): Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.govt.nz
Blog post: Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from
Brochure / pamphlet (no author): Aging well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.
Conference Paper: Williams, J., & Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.
DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview & Youtube): Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), & Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.
Magazine: Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.
Newspaper article (no author): Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5
Podcast (audio or video): Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://blip.tv/xxx
Software (including apps): UBM Medica.(2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com
Television programme: Flanagan, A., & Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors). (2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.
Thesis (print): Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
Thesis (online): Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved fromhttp://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/44704
Non-English reference book, title translated in English: Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author
IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at JIV@u.washington.edu.
7. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically, for example, Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC).
8. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be at least 300dpi at the time of submission.
IMPORTANT: PERMISSION - The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in JIV. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.
9. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.
10. Author Biographies. Author(s) are required to send a 40-60 word biography for publication at the end of the article. A sample biography is given below:
Jessica Shaw, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Boston College. Her research focuses on community responses to sexual assault and emphasizes improving community systems through collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts. She is interested in using evaluation as a tool to initiate and support policy-level change and improvement and in identifying mechanisms to translate research into practice.