International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference
Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
July 10th - July 12th, 2016
We are eagerly planning our 2016 conference and look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
How does this conference differ from other family violence and child victimization conferences?
Every year, many excellent conferences on child victimization and family violence take place around the country and around the world. Our conferences are unique because of their research focus. Our conferences offer 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.
Our conference is also well known for offering many opportunities to interact formally and informally with colleagues. In 2012, we introduced several new activities, including 20X20 sessions, a data blitz, and a contest called "The Science of Taking Names" that even further expanded the range of opportunities to see research presented in new lights and to meet new people. We hope to continue and expand these traditions in 2016.
Can people who are not researchers attend? Are students welcome?
Absolutely! 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. Although many sessions focus on methodological issues (usually of more interest to researchers), there is also cutting-edge research on all aspects of family violence and child victimization. We are especially interested in encouraging students to attend and present. In recent years, approximately 1/3 of our attendees have been from outside the United States. The number of conference attendees is generally small enough to give students, and others, a chance to mingle and meet others with similar areas of interest. Many fruitful collaborations have arisen from our meetings.
What is the conference format?
Each year, 300 to 400 researchers from around the world attend our conference. There are several types of presentations that take place at our conference. Our invited program offers the opportunity to hear outstanding researchers present new findings or synthesize existing knowledge. The largest amount of time in the schedule is devoted to research paper presentations of approximately 20 minutes each. We will also accept proposals for panels or symposia comprised of 3- 6 papers focused on one theme. We also offer a poster format, which can include a "data blitz" (3 minutes for 3 slides before the poster session to help generate interest in your poster and provide a chance for students or other novice presenters to give an oral presentation in a brief format). Last year for the first time we offered a new short format, a 20X20 (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) that is a good format for commentary and more personal reflections on one's work.
When and where is the 2016 conference?
The 2016 conference is July 10-12 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This picturesque seaport is located an hour north of Boston, Massachusetts, and close to New Hampshire's White Mountains. Many excellent restaurants, quaint shops, and interesting historical landmarks are within easy walking distance. There's something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Plan to begin or end your summer vacation here inNew England.
Who organizes these 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 will be accepting submissions starting in October of 2015. You will be notified in April 2016 of acceptance and which presentation category you were assigned.
Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in 2016!
David Finkelhor & Sherry Hamby
Questions about the 2016 conference can be directed to conference staff at email@example.com
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.