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Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma

For a Special Issue on

Trauma-Informed Justice Responses to Interpersonal Harm

Abstract deadline
05 June 2024

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Bailey Smith, Alliant University
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Carly Bartick, The Chicago School
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Jessica Mueller-Coyne, Psy.D., San Diego State University Global Campus
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Trauma-Informed Justice Responses to Interpersonal Harm

This special issue will highlight innovative responses to rehabilitation, restoration, healing, and justice following harm. Many who have caused harm have a history of trauma. While harmful actions cannot be fully excused on account of past experiences, it is important to recognize the role that past trauma may have in the perpetration of violence. Oftentimes, initial victimization occurs in childhood, so the availability of early intervention services to prevent future revictimization or offending behavior is of paramount importance. Research has identified harmful effects and outcomes of criminal justice processes; this special issue aims to disseminate current research, promote awareness, and provide a platform for evidence-based justice-related practices that respond to interpersonal harm in a manner that leads to more positive outcomes for survivors of harm, those who have caused harm, and other affected parties. Relevant clinical implications for those who work with individuals and systems affected by interpersonal harm will be emphasized. This issue will explore practices from around the globe at any level, including Indigenous traditions, schools or institutions of higher education, and state responses. This issue also focuses on assessments of social and psychological issues related to justice processes for victims, offenders, and others affected by harm.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Models of trauma-informed justice responses and considerations for practice
  • Complex victimization and the role of past trauma on violent behavior
  • Evidence-based programs and interventions for survivors of interpersonal harm
  • Evidence-based programs and interventions designed to reduce future harm
  • Evidence-based programs and interventions tailored for youth and adult offenders to facilitate rehabilitation
  • Evidence-based programs and interventions tailored for youth and adult victims of harm aiming to reduce their likelihood of revictimization or future offending behavior
  • Evidence-based practices that aim to prevent the occurrence of interpersonal harm
  • Practices that promote community healing following harm
  • Restorative justice practices and criminal justice processes
  • Culturally relevant interventions for those who have caused and are affected by harm
  • Psychological assessments for victims and/or offenders of harm

Proposed Target Audience:

To encompass a multidimensional perspective, this call for submission targets scholars and researchers in the social sciences (e.g., psychologists, social workers, criminologists, and sociologists) as well as medical professionals, practitioners, and policymakers who work in the various fields of child development, child maltreatment, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and the justice sector. Submissions are welcomed from all parts of the world.

Submission Instructions


To obtain well-rounded coverage of relevant issues, we ask potential contributors to submit potential article abstracts via email to the guest editor in the form of a detailed summary (i.e., 250-500 words) that highlights the methodology used, contributions of results, and their implications, as well as psychological assessments, intervention approaches, programs, and preventative measures. Submission of an abstract represents a commitment to prepare a paper if accepted. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and describe what is being addressed from the above topics or related ones and the basic ideas of the proposed article.

Abstracts/proposals for consideration should be sent to Bailey Smith at [email protected] no later than June 01, 2024. Accepted submissions will be invited by July 01, 2024.

Submission Details

Abstracts and final papers should follow Instructions for Authors (IFA) on the journal homepage, including APA 7th Edition formatting. All articles undergo a double-blind peer review.

Manuscripts approved for inclusion should be submitted directly to the journal via the Taylor & Francis Submission Portal. Be sure to select the special issue title upon submission.

Questions or comments can be addressed to the guest editors at [email protected]; please cc: [email protected] on all correspondence. Full instructions for authors can be found on the journal homepage and must be adhered to upon submission.

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