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Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

2016 Impact Factor: 1.940
2016 Ranking: 30/80 in Psychology, Applied | 15/58 in Criminology & Penology | 13/43 in Family Studies
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
Concerned with the Study and Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Physical and Sexual Violence

Jon R. Conte University of Washington, USA

eISSN: 15526518 | ISSN: 08862605 | Current volume: 33 | Current issue: 11 Frequency: 24 Times/Year

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 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. Reviews of research studies or legal cases are welcome at Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal.

Unique Focus
Focusing on both victims and perpetrators, the journal examines theoretical links between all types of interpersonal violence, exploring the similarities and differences between these types of crimes.

Informative Features

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
  • Issues in Methodology stimulates and informs research by identifying critical issues, offering potential solutions for common methodological problems in modern 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
  • Brief Notes presents short reports of ongoing research into such areas as child hostages, the child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome, violence in teen dating relationships, sexually abused adolescent females living in a group home setting, and childhood sexual abuse among clinicians working with sex offenders
  • Notes from Practice reports innovations from experiences in practice
  • Articles address such topics as assessing sexual aggressors through clinical interviews and the group treatment of sexually abused children
  • Special Issues and Sections examine specific themes deserving detailed analysis

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. Reviews of research studies or legal cases are welcome at Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal.

    Jon R. Conte University of Washington, USA
    Associate Editors
    Tricia Bent-Goodley Howard University, USA
    TK Logan University of Kentucky, USA
    Emiko Tajima University of Washington, USA
    Editorial Board
    Larry Bennett Indiana University, South Bend, USA
    Lucy Berliner University of Washington, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress
    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
    Bonnie Carlson Arizona State University, USA
    Sibnath Deb Department of Applied Psychology, Calcutta University, India
    Mary Ann Dutton Georgetown University Medical Center, USA
    Kathleen Faller University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    Mary Ellen Fromuth Middle Tennessee State University, USA
    Christine Gidycz Ohio University, USA
    Ed Gondolf Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
    L. Kevin Hamberger Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
    Robert R. Hazelwood Academy Group, Inc., USA
    Zoe Hilton Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene, Canada
    Carol Jordan University of Kentucky, USA
    Kathleen Kendall-Tackett University of New Hampshire, USA
    Mary P. Koss University of Arizona, USA
    D. Richard Laws Pacific Design Research
    Gayla Margolin University of Southern California, USA
    Carol Plummer Louisiana State University School of Social Work, USA
    Vernon L. Quinsey Queen's University at Kingston, Canada
    Marnie E. Rice Menal Health Centre Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
    Kenneth J. Ruggiero Medical University of South Carolina, USA
    Benjamin E. Saunders Medical University of South Carolina, USA
    Gregory L. Stuart University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
    Sarah Ullman Independent Practice
    Managing Editor
    Candace Conte University of Washington, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to where authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 typed double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures (Brief Notes should not exceed 12 pages, inclusive). References must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). All artwork must be camera-ready. Authors should include their name, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and a brief biographical statement on a separate title page. Each manuscript should include an abstract and 3-5 keywords. 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 the editor.

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    Journal Policy on Addressing Diversity in Manuscripts
    Effective January 2016

    Effective January 2016 JIV will require that every manuscript include a discussion about the implications of the study questions, underlying research literature, methodology, and analysis or results in terms of diversity. Diversity concerns are not a 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, and age.

    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.




    Manuscript Preparation



    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    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 Biography

    1. Title page. 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
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Print the abstract on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    *JIV will not review or publish any manuscript without an abstract of 250-300 words that includes a concise summary of the study questions, subjects, methods, findings and major implications.

    3. Text. Manuscripts should be Word files (.docx or .doc). The main document must be blinded for peer review, with all author names and other identifying information removed. Upload text, headed by the full article title, as "Main Document."

    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 heading should be Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends 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. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done 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. Eg. (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 lower-case 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. Eg. 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. Do not include personal communication in the reference list. Eg. (E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009).

    (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"). Eg. The study conducted by of 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:-

    Ø The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.

    Ø 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).

    Ø When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”.

    Ø Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there are one, and any proper names – i. e. only those words that are normally capitalized.

    Ø Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.

    Ø Manuscripts submitted to Journal of Interpersonal Violence (JIV) should strictly follow the APA manual (6th edition).

    Ø Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.

    Ø Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.

    Ø 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 APA(6th Ed).

    • Books:

    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 (2nd ed.). 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.

    • Periodicals:

    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


    • Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date-- Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://


    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


    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Blog post]. Retrieved from


    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)-- Ageing 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

    Software (including apps-- UBM Medica. (2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from


    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 from


    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.

    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. Eg. Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.

    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 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 Biography. Biographical statements for each author of no more than 100 words.

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