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, PhD
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Professor Jane L. Ireland, PhD
University of Central Lancashire, UK

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Editorial Board

Associate Professor Eileen M. Ahlin, PhD
School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, USA
Dr Clare Allely
School of Health and Society, University of Salford, UK
Professor Daniel Briggs, PhD
Universidad Europea, Madria, Spain
Associate Professor Kudrat-E-Khuda (Babu), PhD
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, PhD
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and Forensicare, Australia
Associate Professor Toby Miles-Johnson, PhD
School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Australia
Dr. John Mwangi
Faculty of Social Sciences, St. Paul’s University, Kenya
Dr D. Elaine Pressman
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
Waypoint Research Institute, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Canada
Dr Kanthi Hettigoda
Sri Lanka Navy, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka
Dr Mohammed Rahman
School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, UK

Abuse: An International Impact Journal

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