Domestic Abuse and Violence
Call for Participation 2016
The Violence Project: 13th Global Meeting
Thursday 5th May – Saturday 7th May 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
Violence in many forms surrounds us all no matter where we live or work and its impact on our lives can be minimal or catastrophic. By its very nature it will have a practical effect on those whom it touches, yet not everyone will experience the same types of violence or react in the same way. It is this diversity and topicality which we would like to explore in greater depth, particularly this year, those aspects which can be classed as domestic abuse or violence, as it affects the individual, whether that be a person, a family, or a unit such as a company or other specified group.
At its basic concept, domestic violence, which is sometimes referred to as domestic abuse, partner abuse, intimate partner violence, battering or family violence is a pattern of behaviour which involves violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another. It may occur within, but is not confined to, marriage, cohabitation, forced marriage, friendship and familial relationships, and can involve sibling, parental, grandparent, heterosexual or same-sex relationships. It takes various forms, including physical abuse, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse, which may extend to rape. Domestic violence over a period of time may lead to homicide.
Most commonly, victims are female but males can be victimised too, and it is thought that domestic violence against men may be under-reported because of the stigma attached to being victimised in this way. Couples may engage in reciprocal violence and abuse. Victims frequently experience post-traumatic stress disorder. They are often trapped in violent relationships through isolation, economic factors, fear, shame and learned helplessness. The consequences of domestic violence may produce physical disabilities, miscarriages, chronic health problems, mental illness and an inability to form relationships of any kind. Apart from direct victims, bystanders can be victimised and damaged by the presence of domestic violence in their homes. This is particularly salient with regard to children. Living in the presence of domestic abuse, as a direct or indirect victim, can lead to inter-generational cycles of abusive behaviour where violence is taken for granted as part of family life.
Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, as does the prosecution, punishment, and attempts to reduce violent patterns of behaviour in domestic settings. In the so-called developed world, victims are encouraged to report abuse, and the police and courts have a duty to be more responsive to it than formerly. A wide variety of measures now exist to punish perpetrators and/or to persuade them to desist from these violent patterns of behaviour. Nevertheless, implementation of action often falls far short of ideal. In some countries, there are huge cultural barriers to progressive responses from the police and the courts as frequently domestic violence may be taken for granted and normalised through culture and traditional behavioural norms. Because of this wide variation of knowledge and practice in different countries, this topic lends itself to a conference where contributions from a wide range of countries are presented.
Apart from the aspects of domestic violence outlined above, we see in today’s world a new perspective and source of violence within the home, that of the virtual or vicarious violence introduced by access to the internet, by social media and by television. The proliferation of ‘smart’ technology has opened up a new area of potential for violence facilitating personal attacks on people and their reputations as well as manipulating their identity and lives. Additionally the ability to network and play online games presents yet another opportunity to engage in violence, both within the context of the game and also on a more personal, but virtual, level. These are evidenced by the previously unheard of topic of cyber-bullying; by the use of online pornography and its implications for domestic abuse, and the use of video games which portray violence as an acceptable norm.
To explore these ideas in more detail we welcome submissions which address some of the following issues or others related to them:
• Physical, mental, emotional abuse of spouse/partner
• Physical, mental, emotional abuse of child/relative other than partner
• Verbal abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Financial abuse
• Identity theft
• Videos and Television
Further details and information can be found at the conference web site:
We welcome contributions from all those who are engaged in research into this problem, whether historically or contemporaneously, or those who work with victims or perpetrators. History, anthropology, medicine, social work, nursing, psychiatry, sociology, criminology, psychology, law, literature, and cultural studies are just some of the disciplines that seek to understand this phenomenon, and this conference is designed to facilitate inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to the issues, from a range of societal settings all over the world.
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Domestic Abuse and Violence project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Cyber Security and Internet Safety and another project on Growing Up, Growing Old. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 27th November 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 11th December 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 18th March 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Domestic Abuse and Violence Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Sheila Bibb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fisher: email@example.com
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
To date the project has produced 8 eBooks and 4 paperbacks. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
Domestic Abuse and Violence