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Call for Papers: Interventions for Violence

A Special Issue for Psychology of Violence

Special Issue co-edited by Laura Miller and Kathryn Howell

Psychology of Violence invites manuscripts for a special issue on interventions for violence to be compiled by guest editors Laura Miller and Kathryn Howell. The special issue will appear in 2016.

This special issue will attempt to reflect state-of-the-art intervention science that focuses on the theoretical underpinnings, critical mechanisms, cultural adaptations and systemic implications of intervention related to violence exposure, victimization and perpetration. We conceptualize violence broadly to include child maltreatment, psychological aggression, sexual violence and coercive control, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, bullying, community violence, and political violence.

To date, intervention science has primarily assessed singular types of violence exposure (e.g., child maltreatment) and disorder-specific outcomes (e.g., PTSD). It is essential that intervention science gain greater depth in its understanding of the mechanisms of treatment to move the field toward the development of more refined approaches that are effective across types of violence and impact a range of mental health challenges. Theory-based resilience interventions that reflect basic science are also needed.

Important, too, is the recognition that violence exposure is associated with multiple risk factors across the social ecology. For this reason, intervention science that considers novel approaches, which are inclusive of broader systemic influences on successful intervention programs, are critical to advance the implementation of successful treatment paradigms in high-risk contexts.

Finally, we also recognize that cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic contexts may significantly affect the appropriateness and feasibility of individual, Western-centric approaches to intervention. We believe the promulgation of scientifically rigorous trials of adapted treatment programming are critical to better understand the generalizable and unique aspects of evidence-based interventions across settings.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Randomized controlled trials of intervention programs
  • Review of effective treatment mechanisms through meta-analysis or narrative review
  • Treatment studies with poly-victims
  • Scientific analysis of environmental and contextual influences on treatment success
  • Successful cultural adaptations of empirically supported treatments
  • Theoretical and conceptual papers that present models of intervention for violence
  • “Lessons learned” and other reflections on efforts to develop and evaluate interventions.

Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal’s submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue. Deadline for submitting manuscripts is March 31, 2015. Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to Laura Miller ( and Kathryn Howell (