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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Uneasy bedfellows and unintended consequences: Gendered violence, the family, and the state

Submission deadline: 5 January 2022

All abstracts and enquiries to: k.allen3@uos.ac.uk

The Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet) is delighted to be hosting a virtual conference on policy responses to gendered violence, which will take place on 15 March 2022. The event is supported by the Social Policy Association.

Context and themes

Since the (re)discovery of violence against women and girls (VAWG) as a major social issue in the 1970s, gendered violence has been the catalyst for, and object of, uneasy, shifting and often controversial alliances between feminists and the state. From the feminist ‘sex wars’ that raged throughout the 1980s to contemporary critiques of ‘carceral feminism’ and the Nordic model, the state’s role in defining and preventing gendered violence and exploitation, responding to perpetration and shaping provision for victim-survivors remains contested within feminist movements.  


In a period of intense public concern about gendered violence and renewed (but often polarising) debate about the adequacy and equity of criminal justice responses to VAWG, the event aims to create a space for feminist researchers, advocates, professionals and experts by experience to share knowledge, engage in fruitful dissent and frame concrete policy recommendations for a future free of gendered violence.     


The event will begin with three plenary sessions with invited keynote speakers Professor Liz Kelly and Professor Aisha Gill (third speaker TBC).

Each parallel session will feature 2-3 short presentations from contributors, before opening for questions and group discussion. 

Ø  the Domestic Abuse Bill (general/plenary)


Ø  Migration, minoritisation and state violence/neglect (general/plenary)


Ø  Collaboration without co-optation: feminist approaches to shaping VAWG policy (general/plenary)


Ø  Ending VAWG services in a time of austerity (parallel)


Ø  Misogyny as a hate crime (parallel)


Ø  Registries and disclosure schemes (parallel)


Ø  Sex work and sexualised exploitation (parallel)


Ø  Children as victims of domestic abuse (parallel)


Ø  Responding to sexualised violence in educational settings (parallel)


Ø  Online abuse and harassment (parallel)


We particularly welcome submissions from early career and non-academic researchers, professionals from the ending VAWG sector and people with lived experiences of gendered violence and exploitation. We also welcome submissions from Social Policy Association members (please note if you are a member in your covering email).

Abstracts should be submitted as a Word or pdf attachment of no more than 300 words.

 If you would like to be considered for an honorarium should your abstract be selected, please note this in your email.

Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by no later than 15 January 2022.

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