International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference



The Family Research Laboratory and the Crimes against Children Research Center are pleased to announce the 2012 International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference.  This year, as described in more detail below, we are adding new formats, 20 X 20 presentations and a data blitz. 

This conference is part of a two decade series of conferences on all aspects of family violence and youth victimization. Our conferences have historically been a unique opportunity for researchers and scientist/practitioners from a broad array of disciplines to come together for the purpose of sharing, integrating and critiquing accumulated knowledge on family violence. At previous meetings, participants have included professionals and graduate students from psychology, sociology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, women's studies, law, criminology, criminal justice, anthropology, medicine, public health, and child development.

We invite submission of abstracts on all aspects of family violence and youth violence including:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Child maltreatment
  • Exposure to family and community violence
  • Peer violence, school violence, and bullying
  • Corporal punishment
  • Sexual victimization

We invite a diversity of methodological approaches and are interested in research on understudied populations or those groups at increased risk for violence and victimization, including but not limited to:

  • International perspectives
  • Developmental and ecological approaches
  • Program evaluation & Community participatory research
  • Methodological issues
  • Prevention research
  • Ethical issues
  • Historical changes or trends in reporting and incidence
  • Ethnic minority populations
  • LGBTQ individuals
  • People with special needs
  • Military families

Finally, we are particularly interested in cross-cutting research that builds bridges across the many subdisciplinary silos that have developed in violence research.  This could include but is not limited to:

  • Research on polyvictimization
  • Research on multiple involvement in offending
  • Links between victimization and offending
  • Interrelationships among mechanisms and consequences that are commonly studied in one subspecialty of violence research but may have applicability to others

Papers can describe findings from empirical studies or reviews of the literature. Literature reviews should clearly specify how they advance theory, methodology, practice, or policy.

This year we are adding two alternatives to our line-up of posters, paper, and symposia.


New formats:

20 X 20 presentations.  20 x 20 presentations are fast-paced slide presentations.  The name comes from the standardized format:  each presentation is 20 slides set on a 20-second automatic advance.  So, each presentation will last exactly 6 minutes, 40 seconds.  The 20-second advance favors slides that focus on a few (even one or two) words or images, not densely packed text.  Several presentations will be presented in a single panel. 

These are good presentations to present a new idea, promote a new direction, or to emphasize a take-home message from your work that transcends single empirical papers.  We are particularly interested in 20 X 20 presentations that have the potential to influence violence policy (in terms of either research or practice) or that are designed to promote communication across multiple sub-disciplines of violence (for example, between maltreatment and bullying fields). 

If it is necessary to limit the number of presentations per presenter, 20 X 20 presentations will not count towards your full paper limit. 


Data blitz (for poster presenters).  Submitters for poster presentations can also indicate whether they would like to be considered for a data blitz session.  A data blitz gives each poster presenter 3 minutes, using a maximum of 3 slides, to present the key findings from their poster and encourage people to stop by and learn more about their study. 


Traditional formats:

We will continue to devote programming hours to paper panels, symposia, and posters. 


Single paper submissions.  It is possible to submit a single paper that will be given as an oral presentation (usually with slides).  These will be combined into paper panels that include 3 or 4 papers.  Usually, approximately 20 minutes is available to each presenter (varying somewhat depending on the number of presentations in a panel and the length of the time slot).


Symposia panel submissions.  A panel submission is a pre-organized symposium.  You will select a chair and usually 3 to 4 papers linked by a common theme to present together in a single session. 


Poster submissions.  A poster is a visual presentation of a project.  Poster sessions offer opportunities for more informal interaction with conference attendees, who can discuss your work one-on-one.  For conference attendees, poster sessions often the opportunity to learn about a large number of studies in a single session. 

            As noted above, this year poster submitters can request that they be considered for the data blitz. 

In previous years, we have received more papers than we can accept. In order to give the widest number of people an opportunity to participate, we may limit each presenter to only one paper. If you make multiple submissions, please email the conference administrator (FRL dot Conference at unh dot edu) and indicate which paper you would prefer to present in the event that we must limit presentations to only one per author. There are times when we may need to limit the number of pre-organized panels.  We are increasing the number of poster sessions this year and offering 20 X 20 sessions so that we can accommodate the greatest number of presenters possible.

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Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in 2012!
David Finkelhor & Sherry Hamby
Conference Co-Chairs

Submit your abstract here