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The COVID-19 pandemic and intimate partner violence

Call for Papers

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According to recent global estimates, 1 in 3 women experience lifetime physical and/or sexual violence (hereafter, IPV) from a male partner. IPV is a critical global human rights, security, and public health concern. Similar to other global crisis situations (e.g. armed conflict, natural disasters), the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted progress towards gender equity, including exacerbating vulnerability to IPV. In recognition of the 66th session on the Commission on the Status of Women, and the upcoming 2 year anniversary of WHO’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Achieve gender equality) and 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels), BMC Public Health has launched a special collection on COVID-19 and IPV.

We welcome the following submissions:

•    Research examining the facilitators and barriers of developing, implementing and/or adapting existing IPV interventions for remote delivery

•    Research examining novel methodological approaches to conducting remote data collection on IPV. This includes leveraging administrative data and/or primary data collection. 

•    Research examining mechanisms and/or drivers of IPV during the COVID-19 pandemic

•    Research examining the impact of policies (e.g. public health, economic, social) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on IPV

•    Research focusing on COVID-19 and IPV with populations that are under-researched (e.g. indigenous, forcibly displaced, LGBTQ, BIPOC populations)

We welcome submissions from all geographic regions. We also welcome a range of appropriate methodological approaches including quantitative, qualitative, and systematic reviews.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Dr Jhumka Gupta (George Mason University), Dr Lindsay Stark (Washington University in St. Louis), Dr Tiara Willie (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health) and Dr Paul Bukuluki (Makerere University).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Public Health.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles submitted to this collection will be published immediately following completion of peer-review and editorial acceptance. Articles submitted after 31st December 2022 will not be eligible for inclusion in the collection.

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Meet the Guest Editors

Jhumka Gupta

Jhumka New Content ItemGupta, ScD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health within the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Her research program applies a social epidemiology framework towards advancing the science of gender-based violence against women and girls (e.g. intimate partner violence, sexual assault). Specifically, she investigates the mental and reproductive health implications of gender-based violence, and conducts intervention studies aimed at reducing violence against women. Her primary focus is with vulnerable populations, both within and outside of the United States, and includes refugees, immigrants, and communities impacted by forced displacement.

Lindsay Stark

Lindsay StaNew Content Itemrk is Associate Dean of Global Programs and Associate Professor of Public Health and Social Work. She is a social epidemiologist and internationally recognized expert on the protection and well-being of women and children in situations of extreme adversity, with more than a decade of experience leading applied research with operational agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR, International Rescue Committee and the Women's Refugee Commission. Stark measures sensitive social phenomena and evaluates related interventions to reduce violence, abuse and exploitation of women and children. Stark co-directs the Center on Violence and Injury Prevention and the International Center for Child Health and Development; holds affiliate appointments with the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Institute for Public Health; serves on the editorial boards of PLOS One and BMC Public Health; and has published more than 100 chapters and peer-review articles. Before joining the Brown School, Stark was an associate professor at Columbia University, where she served as director of research for the Program on Forced Migration and Health and director of the CPC Learning Network.

Tiara Willie

Tiara C. New Content ItemWillie is a Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Willie aims to understand the distribution, determinants, and health consequences of gender-based violence (e.g., intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion, child sexual abuse) in order to reduce the prevalence of violence and related comorbidities. Guided by the social ecological model, her research focuses on individual-, relationship-, community-, and societal-level determinants of gender-based violence and examines the health implications of gender-based violence in order to develop interventions to reduce violence and improve mental, sexual, and reproductive health.

Paul Bukuluki

New Content ItemPaul Bukuluki is an Associate Professor at Makerere University, School of Social Sciences. He is an applied social/medical anthropologist with 20 years of experience in implementation research using mixed methods approaches. His areas of interest include social/gender norms, sexual, reproductive health and rights, violence against women and girls, child protection and social protection research and programming. Paul has more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and books.

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