Call for papers

Abstract submissions have now closed.

Conference themes/streams

The GVRN conference focused on the following conference themes/streams:

  • Investigating psycho-social, therapeutic and prevention interventions for gendered violence and violations: what are emerging interventions and do we know how effective they are, and can we intervene and prevent at the same time?
  • Engaging with policy and legal responses to gendered violence and violations: how are policies at different levels being designed, implemented and evaluated; and what are existing and potential innovative legal responses?
  • Exploring conceptualisations and representations of gendered violence and violations:how can various art forms – literature, television, visual arts and multimedia – be used by diverse cultural groups, and produce spaces of critique and agency?

Abstract submissions

GVRN requested submissions from academics, practitioners, policy makers, activists and advocates that address any of the conference themes, as well as the topics below. 

Forms of gendered violence, including:

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery and exploitation
  • Survival sex
  • Conflict-related sexualised violence
  • Gendered violence in migration, refugee and diaspora communities
  • Female infanticide

Areas related to gendered violence, including:

  • Cultural representations in literature, art, television and film
  • Law and justice reform
  • Theoretical and conceptual explorations
  • Disability and other intersectional issues
  • Intergenerational effects of colonisation
  • Perpetrators and offenders
  • Primary prevention
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Service gaps.

Submission guidelines

The call for papers closed on 12 September 2014.

Selection of papers

We particularly welcomed submissions that introduce challenging and unconventional perspectives, emerging evidence on the effectiveness of interventions, and those which are globally relevant or from the Asia-Pacific region. Other criteria for selection included quality, organisation and clarity, originality, accessibility and relevance to current debates related to gendered violence. If papers were based on empirical research, preference was given to abstracts showing evidence of research results.

Papers presented elsewhere have been considered for this conference provided that full disclosure was made in the abstract submission.

Acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference have been necessarily competitive. Selection is the responsibility of the GVRN Conference Academic Committee and is based on the abstracts submitted. The GVRN Conference Academic Committee reserves the right to decline any submission.

Successful applicants have been notified using the email address provided in the submission.


Selected contributors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for inclusion in one of several peer-reviewed post-conference publications.

Technical difficulties

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