Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice Special Issue Call for Papers

Sexual Violence and Abuse in Organisational Settings: Theoretical Developments and Innovative Responses

Journal of Sexual Aggression

The Scottish Inquiry into Historical Abuse of Children in Care (March 2015), the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland (June 2017), the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (December 2017), and the current Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse launched in England and Wales have all cast a spotlight on the magnitude of sexual violence and abuse against children and young people in organisational settings. At the same time, social media campaigns such as #MeToo have ignited the conversation regarding sexual harassment and abuse of adults within workplace and other organisational settings.

Together they have uncovered the need for evidence-informed prevention (e.g. policies, practice and system) approaches to create safer environments for individuals within these contexts. This has resulted in calls for the implementation of approaches aimed at preventing these abuses from occurring in the first place, as well creating conditions conducive to early disclosure and that promote timely and appropriate responses and redress when abuse does occur.

As such, we are calling for innovative research and practice developments to share knowledge and inform current and future policy and practice concerning sexual harassment, abuse and violence in organisational settings.

We are seeking submissions that showcase a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, that focus on different groups of people and across diverse organisational settings. We encourage research that considers the causes, outcomes, investigation, and prevention of organisational sexual abuse.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  

  1. Risk and protective factors for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and abuse in organisational settings
  2. Identifying organisation-level risk and protective factors
  3. Ecological and situational prevention approaches
  4. Creating ‘child-safe, child-friendly’ institutions 
  5. The causes and effects of organisation-based sexual violence and abuse against children, young people, adults, the elderly, and persons with disabilities
  6. Improving institutional responses, advocacy, treatment and support needs for victims
  7. Evidence-informed prevention and treatment responses for youth- and adult-perpetrated sexual offences in organisations.
  8. Evaluations of prevention strategies designed for organisational settings

Submission Details

The special issue will be published in mid-2019 and completed papers will be required by 30thNovember 2018.

If you would like any more information about this issue or would like to submit a paper for this special issue, please send an abstract of your proposed paper to the guest editor, Nadine McKillop ( by 30th April 2018, with ‘special issue abstract’ in the subject line of the email.

Full instructions for authors can be found here

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