Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

2014 Impact Factor: 1.191
2014 Ranking: 8/41 in Women's Studies
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Claire M. Renzetti University of Kentucky

eISSN: 15528448| ISSN: 10778012|Current volume: 21|Current issue: 10 Frequency: Monthly

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 circumcision enslavement for sex tourism, and rape as a weapon of war. Topics recently covered in the journal have included: Sexual Assault/ Coercion Domestic Violence Hate Crimes Corporate Violence Wife Rape Pornography Acquaintance Rape Lesbian Battery Female Sexual Abuse Sexual Harassment

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, sexual orientation, and experiences of victimisation/ 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 Medicine Sociology

Comprehensive Coverage
Launched in March 1995, 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.  
  • Book Reviews - Insightful book reviews written by experts in the field.
  • 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 circumcision, and female sexual slavery.

Associate Editors
Jeffrey Edleson University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Sue Osthoff National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Jody Raphael College of Law, DePaul University
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Editorial Board
Patricia Melgar Alcantud Universitat de Girona, Spain
Rosemary Barberet John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Kathleen C. Basile Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Joanne Belknap University of Colorado at Boulder
Larry Bennett Indiana University School of Social Work, South Bend
Denise Paquette Boots University of Texas at Dallas
Rikke Holm Bramsen University of Southern Denmark
Lisa Brush University of Pittsburgh
Esther Calvete University of Deusto
Rebecca M. Campbell Michigan State University
Susan Caringella Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University
Roberto Castro National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mary M. Cavanaugh Hunter College, City University of New York
Claire V. Crooks CAMH Centre for Prevention Science
Shamita Das Dasgupta MANAVI
Rosanna F. DeMarco William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College
Patricia Easteal University of Canberra
Kathleen Ferraro Northern Arizona University
Diane R. Follingstad University of Kentucky
Tameka Gillum University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Leigh S. Goodmark  
Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lisa Young Larance Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Nancy Lombard Glasgow Caledonian University
Michele Paludi Human Resources Management Solutions, Schenectady
Nia Parson Southern Methodist University
Beth E. Richie  
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz Arizona State University
Evan Stark Rutgers University–Newark
Gregory Stuart University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tami P. Sullivan  
Jeffrey R. Temple University of Texas Medical Branch
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