Partner Abuse

New Directions in Research, Intervention, and Policy

John Hamel, LCSW Editor-in-Chief



ISSN: 19466560
eISSN: 19466579






Partner Abuse, a peer-reviewed journal, recognizes that physical and emotional abuse among dating, cohabitating and married partners is as a major public health and social problem in North America and around the world. Its purpose is to advance knowledge, practice and policies through a commitment to rigorous, objective research and evidence-based solutions. In addition to original research papers and literature reviews, the journal welcomes viewpoints and commentaries on the topic of partner abuse, as well as clinical case studies, book reviews and letters to the editor. Articles are sought on the following topics:
  • Prevalence and characteristics of partner abuse
  • Partner abuse context and dynamics
  • Emotional abuse and control (including stalking and sexual coercion)
  • Etiology and risk factors
  • Partner abuse and substance abuse
  • Partner abuse worldwide
  • Partner abuse in ethnic minority populations
  • Partner abuse in the LGBT community
  • Physical and psychological impact of PA and victim issues
  • The effects of partner abuse on children (short term, and long term into adolescence and adulthood)
  • The relationship between partner abuse and other forms of family abuse
  • Partner abuse in disputed child custody cases
  • Assessment tools and protocols
  • BIPs: Characteristics, processes and outcome studies
  • Working with female perpetrators
  • Individual, couples and family interventions
  • Restorative justice and other community based models
  • Victim services
  • Prevention Programs
  • Laws and policies related to partner abuse, including standards for batterer intervention and policies on arrest and prosecution

Partner Abuse seeks to advance research, treatment and policy on partner abuse in new directions. A basic premise of the journal is that partner abuse and family violence is a human problem, and that the particular role of gender in the etiology, perpetration and consequences of emotional and physical partner abuse cannot be assumed, but rather must be subjected to the same empirical scrutiny as any other factor. Just as treatment decisions ought to be based on sound assessment protocols, policies on partner abuse ought to be based on an understanding of the full range of available research, without regard to political considerations. The journal is therefore open to original research papers and articles on controversial subjects such as mutual abuse, family violence, female perpetrators, male victims, alternative types of batterer intervention programs, couples and family counseling, and the limitations of current arrest and prosecution policies such as mandatory arrest and one-size-fits-all" mandated batterer treatment. Contributions are also sought on partner abuse within the LGBT community and among ethnic minority groups.