Call for Papers: 25 Years After Johnson's Typology

Co-Editors: Alison C. Cares, Megan Haselschwerdt, April Few-Demo, Jennifer L. Hardesty

It has been 25 years since the publication of Michael Johnson’s landmark 1995 article, Patriarchal Terrorism and Common Couple Violence. Johnson’s typology of intimate partner violence (IPV) influenced a generation of researchers from diverse disciplines. Johnson’s evolving theorization of IPV compelled researchers to study IPV through the lens of two relational pathways: (1) the conceptualization of IPV as intimate terrorism, a nod to feminist scholarship on patriarchy, power, and coercive control and (2) the conceptualization of IPV as common couple violence, later known as situational couple violence, a nod to family violence scholarship on dyadic patterns of couple violence, or conflict that escalates to violence. 

His bi-fold approach aimed to bridge the divide between feminist and family violence researchers and was inspired by his observations that sampling decisions yielded different stories about IPV and power and control in relationships. The goal of this special issue is to assess the current theoretical and empirical state of the typology, as well as reflect on its impact on the field.

We invite those who are interested to submit a 300 word abstract that describes their proposed article. The abstract should include 1) the objectives of the article, 2) a description of the methodology, and 3) findings, if relevant. Abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment and emailed to by December 1, 2020. Authors will be notified of editorial decisions in early 2021 and drafts of manuscripts for peer-review will be due July 1, 2021. Invitation to submit a manuscript is not a guarantee of publication. Invited authors will also be expected to serve as a reviewer for other papers to be part of the special issue.

Our editorial team aims to include articles that are diverse and global in nature, including samples from the U.S. and elsewhere around the world, racially diverse samples, LGBTQ+ samples, and dating samples, among others. Papers from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged. Papers do not have to be fully or partially supportive of Johnson’s typology, but do have to be directly related to it. All authors will be expected to follow the JOFV instructors for authors, found at

The issue is expected to primarily include research articles, which includes primary and/or secondary empirical studies (i.e., qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) as well as theoretical analyses, and which can be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages inclusive of references, tables, figures, etc.). In addition, systematic reviews or meta-analyses (which can be no longer than 40 pages inclusive of references, tables, figures, etc.) are also welcome, as are brief reports of preliminary and/or pilot findings (which can be no longer than 20 pages inclusive of references, tables, figures, etc.).

Please refer questions to Dr. Alison Cares at