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Health Sociology Review
Call for papers: Global Healthcare Systems and Violence Against Women and Girls
Issue 2, 2024

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Worldwide, it is estimated that approximately 30% of women have experienced violence (WHO 2021a) and that the prevalence of violence against women and girls increases significantly once broader social inequities are taken into account such as Indigeneity, disability, race and ethnicity, 2SLGBTIQ+ status, and age (WHO 2021b). Interaction with the healthcare system can provide an opportunity for a coordinated response to be enacted that provides critical care to women (Fitts et al., 2022). While there have been decades of advocacy for action to address the rates of violence against women, the breadth of minority and marginalised women’s experiences of accessing healthcare following violence are only gradually becoming known.

To explore this in greater detail at a global scale, the aim of this special issue is to assemble a collection of scholarly work that contributes to our understanding of minority and marginalised women’s access of healthcare following violence that have a potential to move our understanding of these issues forward theoretically, empirically, and practically. For the purpose of this special issue, violence against women and girls is defined as intimate partner violence, domestic violence, family violence and sexual violence (see Carlson, Day & Farrelly, 2021).

We welcome submissions that engage with women from Indigenous cultures, women and girls from the global South, women and girls living with disabilities as well as women from culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTIQA+ communities. Contributions from various disciplines are welcome including health sociology, public health, human rights and criminology.

Potential areas for consideration include but are not limited to:
  • The role of the health care system in the prevention from violence against women and girls
  • Advancement of strategies, programs and interventions that identify and respond to violence against women and girls in various contexts, including programs, policy and supports that promote healing and recovery
  • The association between violence, healthcare systems and women and girls with disability (including acquired through family violence)
  • 2SLGBTIQ+ communities and intimate partner violence
  • Violence against women and girls and associated pathways to prison
  • Decolonising research methodologies and practice innovations in violence against women and girls research
  • Research methodologies and practices that creatively facilitate the participation of girls who have experienced family violence
  • Global healthcare policy innovations, challenges and limitations including those targeted at particular regions

03 March 2023: Abstract Submission Deadline
30 March 2023: Reply to Authors
30 July 2023: Paper submission for Peer Review
30 September 2023: Reviews x 2 returned to Authors
30 November 2023: Authors resubmit
20 December 2023: Reviews x 2 returned to Authors where second round review was required
01 February 2024: Authors submit final versions
20 February 2024: GE submit to EIC final versions for approval
25 February 2024: Return submissions to authors with EIC Comments for suggested revisions
30 March 2024: Authors submit final version
30 May 2024: Publication Release

TOTAL WORD COUNT: 7,500 (all inclusive – all text, tables, references, abstract, etc)
*Instructions for Authors:

Please email your abstract submission, by 20 March 2023, to the Guest Editors:
Michelle Fitts:
Karen Soldatic:

Carlson, B., Day, M., & Farrelly, T. (2021). What works? Exploring the literature on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing programs that respond to family violence (Research report, 01/2021). Sydney: ANROWS.

Fitts, M.S., Cullen, J, Kingston, G., Wills, E., & Soldatic, K. (2022). “I Don’t Think It’s on Anyone’s Radar”: The Workforce and System Barriers to Healthcare for Indigenous Women Following a Traumatic Brain Injury Acquired through Violence in Remote Australia, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 14744.

World Health Organisation (2021a) Devastatingly pervasive: 1 in 3 women globally experience violence, Available at:, Reviewed: 08 October 2022.

World Health Organisation (2021b): Violence against Women: Core Facts, Available at:, Reviewed: 08 October 2022.