Aims & Scope

The journal (ISSN 2633-8742) is published in collaboration with Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services, UK, who specialise in the assessment and treatment of those exposed to victimisation and/or engaging in perpetration of the same.

This peer-review online journal aims to reach a wide number of different professional groups, who have an interest in furthering an understanding of all types of abuse. Focus will be on the clear impact of such work in preventing, disrupting, reducing and managing abuse. Although not exclusively, the following are welcomed:

  • Research, single and multi-study;
  • Systematic reviews/rapid evidence assessments;
  • Case studies, including ethnographic inquiry;
  • Research-informed practitioner reflections pieces.

From such published articles the journal will:

  • Further the understanding of all types of abuse.
  • Extend understanding of the functions and motives of abuse.
  • Disseminate knowledge aimed at preventing, disrupting, reducing and managing abuse.
  • Showcase the impact of research to practitioners and services.
  • Promote the integration of theory into practice.
  • Capture all demographics of the abuse experience, including age, gender, sexuality, race and disability.

This journal welcomes submissions from a range of disciplines. Illustrative disciplines include psychology, criminology, sociology, anthropology, legal practice, medicine and health, law enforcement and criminal justice.

Sample topic areas of potential interest are:

  • All forms of abuse (e.g. sexual, physical, verbal, emotional, financial).
  • All forms of neglect (e.g. sexual, physical, verbal, emotional, financial).
  • Exploitation and trafficking.
  • Harassment and stalking.
  • Hate Crime.
  • Cybercrime.


The journal is indexed in Google Scholar and has membership with Crossref.

Editors in Chief

Associate Professor Philip Birch
Charles Sturt University, Australia
Dr Carol A. Ireland
University of Central Lancashire and Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS), UK
Professor Jane L. Ireland
University of Central Lancashire, UK

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Editorial Board

Associate Professor Eileen M. Ahlin,
School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, USA.

Dr Clare Allely,
Reader in Forensic Psychology, School of Health and Society, University of Salford, UK.

Dr Daniel Briggs,
Universidad Europea, Madria, Spain.

Dr. Kudrat-E-Khuda (Babu),
Associate Professor, Department of Law, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.

Dr. L.C. Miccio-Fonseca,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Researcher, Clinic Director, Clinic for the Sexualities, USA.

Dr Michael Lewis,
School of Psychology and Ashworth Research Centre, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Associate Professor Troy McEwan,
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and Forensicare, Australia.

Associate Professor Toby Miles-Johnson,
School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Dr. John Mwangi,
Faculty of Social Sciences, St. Paul’s University, Kenya.

Dr D. Elaine Pressman,
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security and Associate Fellow, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague (ICCT).

Assistant Professor Daniel Semenza,
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, USA.

Dr Louise A. Sicard,
Centre for Law and Justice, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Dr John R. Weekes,
Director, Waypoint Research Institute, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Canada.

Dr Kanthi Hettigoda,
Clinical psychologist, Sri Lanka Navy, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka.


Abuse: An International Impact Journal

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