International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference

The 2018 conference on family violence and youth victimization research was held July 15-17 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH. This research-focused conference offered 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 science on violence.

Perhaps the most important part of the conference was the opportunity to interact with other colleagues. We are grateful to our many colleagues who help us create a friendly and supportive atmosphere that is welcoming to scholars of all stages of professional development. We offer many different forums and opportunities for interaction in an environment that facilitates exchanging ideas and networking.

New this year, we offered the opportunity to submit symposia and abstracts in French or Spanish as well as English. As some of you may know, approximately 30 percent of our attendees come from outside the United States and we were keen to increase the scope of our dissemination. Thanks to Martine Hebert for pointing out to us how multilingual our conference has become. 

This year we also brought in a format from fiction conferences called First Pages and the ResilienceCon post-conference event was a two-day writer’s retreat, also modeled on fiction conferences. People attending the writer’s retreat had a draft manuscript, grant proposal or other document to workshop.

The conference is usually attended by a wide range of 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. Students are encouraged to attend and present. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from people working on a wide-range of violence-related topics in a wide range of settings.

Who organizes the conferences?

These conferences are sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. They are part of an ongoing series of conferences on all aspects of family violence and child victimization dating back to 1981.

How do I submit a paper? When you have a submission ready, you can submit it through this website. We typically accept submissions starting in November and running through March. We have moved up the opening of the submission window in order to accommodate people who need to submit early in order to arrange travel funds or visas.

Questions may be directed to conference staff at

The Family Research Laboratory (FRL) & the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) are independent research units at the University of New Hampshire devoted to the study of family problems.