Domestic Violence Special Stream within The Violence Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

Domestic Violence
Special Stream within The Violence Project

Wednesday 5th August – Friday 7th August 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Domestic violence, sometimes referred to as domestic abuse, partner abuse, intimate partner violence, battering or family violence is a pattern of behavior 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 underreported 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.

Within many societies, domestic violence is a staple ingredient of books, plays, films and other cultural phenomena, and media representations are a fruitful area of study.

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 into desistance 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. and in many countries, 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.

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 special stream is designed to facilitate inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to the issues, from a range of societal settings all over the world.

What to Send:
300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 15th May 2015. All submissions are at least double blind peer reviewed. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF 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 abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords..
E-mails should be entitled: Violence 13 Proposal Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs:
Diana Medlicott:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. 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.

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