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Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Special Issue: The Social and Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes, Implications, and Policy Directions

Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Special Issue: The Social and Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Sub-Saharan

Africa: Causes, Implications, and Policy Directions

submission deadline :  1 November 2016

This Special Issue aims to publish original empirical research on topics that deal with social and economic costs of GBV in Sub-Saharan Africa. These costs may include, but not be limited to, loss of revenue to individuals and the larger economy, physical/mental health costs, negative psychological effects on children, etc. We seek contributions from across disciplines that will appeal to an international audience of researchers, educators, victim advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Topics that fit the general scope of this Special Issue are welcome but we wish to illustrate potential themes and the sorts of economic costs or contexts that would be of potential interest. For instance, papers may address one or more of the following:

•    Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring in the family (including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, early/child marriage, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful

to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation);

•     Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring within the general community (including rape; sexual abuse; sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere; trafficking of women and forced prostitution);

•    Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs;

•   Prevalence and experiences of physical and sexual violence and their economic costs;

•     Health costs (reduced mobility; morbidity and mortality; maternal and perinatal health outcomes; reduced life expectancy; and sexual and reproductive health outcomes including the spread of HIV and AIDS);

•     Economic costs (reduced productivity and negative influence on GNP and national economic well-being) due to GBV;

•   GBV and poverty;

•     Social Services (such as applied research related to the delivery, refinement, and standards for batterer treatment; victim support and assistance programs; assessment, diagnostic protocols, and interventions for physical injury, psychological, and emotional trauma; impacts and risks to children from direct and indirect exposure to violence and abuse; and

•   National policies on GBV.

Submission guidelines:

Authors should submit their manuscripts for peer review to JIV at with an

email to the managing editor ( indicating that the submission is for the

Special Issue. The submission deadline is 11/1/2016.

Submission is not a promise of publication. Manuscripts that are peer-reviewed and accepted by the guest editors will be published.