The Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) is a peer-reviewed publication committed to the dissemination of rigorous research on preventing, ending, and ameliorating all forms of family violence.

JOFV welcomes scholarly articles related to the broad categories of child abuse and maltreatment, dating violence, domestic and partner violence, and elder abuse. Within these categories, JOFV emphasizes research on physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, and homicides that occur in families. Studies on families in all their various forms and diversities are welcome.

JOFV publishes studies using quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods involving the collection of primary data. Rigorous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and theoretical analyses are also welcome. To help advance scientific understandings of family violence, JOFV is especially interested in research using transdisciplinary perspectives and innovative research methods. Because family violence is a global problem requiring solutions from diverse disciplinary perspectives, JOFV strongly encourages submissions from scholars worldwide from all disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Advances scientific understandings of and effective solutions for family violence
  • Features studies on families in all their various forms and diversities
  • Highlights scholarship using transdisciplinary approaches
  • Showcases global research on all forms of family violence worldwide

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1.357 (2019)
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1.630 (2019)
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177 days
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392,059 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers: 25 Years After Johnson's Typology

    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. 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.

    Guest Editor: Alison C. Cares, Megan Haselschwerdt, April Few-Demo, and Jennifer L. Hardesty
    Submission Deadline: Abstracts should be submitted by December 1, 2020. 

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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