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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.

Articles submitted to this collection will be published immediately following completion of peer-review and editorial acceptance. Articles submitted after 31st March 2023 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.

  1. Increased numbers of domestic abuse cases were reported at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people experiencing abuse faced barriers to seeking support with service closures affecting the sector. Avail...

    Authors: A. R. McKinlay, Y. R. Simon, T. May, D. Fancourt and A. Burton
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:123
  2. When COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were instituted, there were concerns that isolation may lead to increases in domestic violence (DV). Reports of increased rates of DV during the stay-at-home period have been ...

    Authors: Tesleem Babalola, Tianna Couch, Morgan Donahoe, Rachel Kidman, Amy Hammock, Rebecca Monastero, Douglas Hanes and Jaymie Meliker
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:2455
  3. Women have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This exploratory study aimed to characterize women’s adverse experiences related to their work, home lives, and wellbeing during the height of the ...

    Authors: Megan McCool-Myers, Damion Grasso, Debra Kozlowski, Sarah Cordes, Valerie Jean, Heather Gold and Peggy Goedken
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1988
  4. Sexual harassment is a type of coercion, including social pressure, intimidation, physical force, and verbal acts, in addition to other forms such as cyber-harassment, recognized as a major important public he...

    Authors: Laura Vall-Llosera Casanovas, Laura Serra, Carme Saurina Canals, Belén Sanz-Barbero, Carmen Vives-Cases, Maria José López, Laura Otero-García, Gloria Pérez and Gemma Renart-Vicens
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1888
  5. Global evidence indicates increases in gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic following mitigation measures, such as stay at home orders. Indirect effects of the pandemic, including income lo...

    Authors: Michele R. Decker, Shannon N. Wood, Haley L. Thomas, Mary Thiongo, Georges Guiella, Bazie Fiacre, Yentéma Onadja and Peter Gichangi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1857
  6. The COVID-19 pandemic has been linked with increased rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) and associated experiences of compounded trauma. The emergence of this global pandemic and the public health measur...

    Authors: Winta Ghidei, Stephanie Montesanti, Lana Wells and Peter H. Silverstone
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1852
  7. Policymakers worldwide took measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19-virus. While these sanitary measures were necessary to fight the spread of the virus, several experts warned for a significant impact on...

    Authors: Elizaveta Fomenko, Lotte De Schrijver, Christophe Vandeviver and Ines Keygnaert
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1719
  8. Intimate partner aggression (IPA) is a prevalent public health concern that is associated with multiple negative consequences. Rates of IPA in the U.S. have increased since the onset of the Coronavirus Disease...

    Authors: Julia F. Hammett, Miklós B. Halmos, Dominic J. Parrott and Cynthia A. Stappenbeck
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1666
  9. Migrant and refugee women have faced a myriad of challenges during COVID-19, which are often exacerbated by the interaction between this population’s diverse identities and established systems in the local con...

    Authors: Alli Gillespie, Ilana Seff, Camilla Caron, Maria Margherita Maglietti, Dorcas Erskine, Catherine Poulton and Lindsay Stark
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1469
  10. Violence against women (VAW) is a major public health problem that grew worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. While all services were impacted by changing pandemic guidance, VAW shelters, as congregate settings ...

    Authors: C. Nadine Wathen, Caitlin Burd, Jennifer C. D. MacGregor, Jill Veenendaal, Isobel McLean and Tara Mantler
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1175
  11. The lockdown periods to curb COVID-19 transmission have made it harder for survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) to disclose abuse and access support services. Our study describes the impact of the fi...

    Authors: Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Eszter Szilassy, Medina Johnson, Sharon Dixon, Anna De Simoni, Vari Wileman, Anna Dowrick, Elizabeth Emsley, Chris Griffiths, Estela Capelas Barbosa and Gene Feder
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:504