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Partner Abuse

SKU# 19466560

New Directions in Research, Intervention, and Policy

Editors: John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

ISSN: 19466560

eISSN: 19466579

FREQUENCY: Quarterly

Authors should submit manuscripts online via the Editorial Manager system at www.editorialmanager.com/pa.

Please read our author guidelines before submitting.


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.

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Editorial Board 


John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW
Private Practice
San Rafael, CA


Brenda Russell, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Applied Psychology
Penn State Berks

Shelly Wagers, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice
Radford University


Julia Babcock, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Houston

Ellen Bowen, LCSW
Private practice, Santa Rosa, California

Fred Buttell, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
Tulane University

Clare Cannon, Ph.D.
Department of Human Ecology
University of California, Davis

Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.
Oregon Social Learning Center
Eugene, Oregon

Michelle Carney, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
University of Georgia

Valerie Coleman, Ph.D.
Private Practice
Santa Monica, California

Ken Corvo, Ph.D.
College of Human Ecology
Syracuse University

Carol Crabsen, LCSW
Valley Oasis Shelter
Lancaster, California

Allison Crowe, Ph.D.
Department of Interdisciplinary
Professions, East Carolina University

Carol B. Cunradi, MPH, PhD
Prevention Research Center, Pacific
Institute for Research and Evaluation

David DiLillo, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Patrick Davies, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Rochester

Sarah Demarais, Ph.D.
Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
University of South Florida

Louise Dixon, Ph.D.
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham (U.K.)

Emily Douglas, Ph.D.
Social Work Department
Bridgewater State College

Don Dutton, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia (Canada)

Leila Dutton, Ph.D.
University of New Haven
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Christopher I. Eckhardt, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University

Miriam Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
John Jay College
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

JoAnna Elmquist, MA
Medical University of South Carolina

Esteban Esquivel-Santovena
Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology
University of Birmingham (U.K.)

Jeffrey Fagan, Ph.D.
Center for Crime, Community & Law
Columbia University

Peter R. Fawson, Ph.D.
Department of Social Work
Appalachian State University

Alan Feingold, Ph.D.
Oregon Social Learning Center

Richard Felson, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
The Pennsylvania State University

Regardt Ferreira, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
Tulane University

Kimberly Flemke, PhD
Department of Couple & Family Therapy
Drexel University

Richard Gelles, Ph.D.
School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania

Nicola Graham-Kevan, Ph.D.
School of Psychology
University of Central Lancashire (UK)

Lonnie Hazelwood, MSHP, LCDC, CCCJS
Private Practice, Austin, Texas

Richard Heyman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Denise Hines, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Clark University

Katherine Kitzmann, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Memphis

Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of South Alabama

Erika Lawrence, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Iowa

Peter Lehmann, Ph.D., LCSW
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Arlington

Penny Leisring, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Quinnipiac University

Cynthia Mathieu, Ph.D.
Université du Québec

Christopher Maxwell, Ph.D.
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University

Thomas E. McClure, JD, MS
Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University

Renee McDonald, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Southern Methodist University

Linda Mills, Ph.D., MSW, JD
Professor of Social Work, Public Policy & Law
New York University

Marlene Moretti, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Sarah Morton, Ph.D.
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
University College Dublin

Christopher Murphy, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Maryland

Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D.
BC Mental Health & Addiction Services
Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

K. Daniel O'Leary, Ph.D.
Marital Therapy Clinic
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Ronald Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.
Private Practice
Eau Claire, WI

Margaux Rooney, M.Ed., MFT
Sacramento, CA

Brenda L. Russell, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Penn State Berks

Chiara Sabina, Ph.D.
Women & Gender Studies
University of Delaware

Katie Lee Salis, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Jessica Salwen, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Brian G. Sellers, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Eastern Michigan University

Stan Shernock, Ph.D.
Department of Justice Studies & Sociology
Norwich University

Ryan C. Shorey, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Amy Slep, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D.
Private Practice
Sausalito, California

Brian Spitzberg, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
San Diego State University

Lynn Stewart, Ph.D.
Research Branch
Correctional Service Canada

Sandra Stith, Ph.D.
Marriage & Family Therapy Program
Kansas State University

Murray Straus, Ph.D.
Family Research Laboratory
University of New Hampshire

Gregory Stuart, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

David Sugarman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Rhode Island College

Casey Taft, Ph.D.
Boston V.A. Medical Center
Boston University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Temple, Ph.D.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Texas Medical Branch

Patti A. Timmons Fritz, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Windsor

Arlene Vetere, Ph.D.
Reading Safer Families, Reading (UK)
Department of Psychology, Surrey University (UK)

Carolyn M. West, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Washington

Zeev Winstok, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
University of Haifa (Israel)

Daniel J. Whittaker, Ph.D.
Institute of Public Health
Georgia State University

Amie Zarling, Ph.D.
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Iowa State University

Diane Zosky, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
Illinois State University

Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Free Online Database  

Over the years, research on partner abuse has become unnecessarily fragmented and politicized. In March 2010, the Senior Editor of Partner Abuse and 42 family violence scholars created the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) to bring together, in a rigorously evidence-based, transparent and methodical manner, existing knowledge about partner abuse, with reliable, up-to-date research that can easily be accessed both by researchers and the general public.

Among PASK’s findings are that, except for sexual coercion, men and women perpetrate physical and non-physical forms of abuse at comparable rates, most domestic violence is mutual, women are as controlling as men, domestic violence by men and women is correlated with essentially the same risk factors, and male and female perpetrators are motivated for similar reasons.



Partner Abuse provides the following author resource. Please download and carefully read this material before submitting a manuscript:

Guidelines for Authors (PDF File)

Response to Reviewer Form


Partner Abuse is published quarterly - January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year. Contributions are sought primarily from academic researchers, batterer intervention providers and other clinicians and victim advocates; and also from individuals in law enforcement and the courts, and policy makers. Please use the guidelines for developing and submitting a manuscript. To ensure that the editorial board is able to review your manuscript, please follow the guidelines listed in the Author Resources.


Authors should submit manuscripts online via the Editorial Manager system at www.editorialmanager.com/pa.

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