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Aims & Scope

Violence and Gender is the only peer-reviewed journal focusing on the role of gender in the understanding, prediction, and prevention of acts of violence. The Journal is the international forum for the critical examination of biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic, and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Through peer-reviewed research, roundtable discussions, case studies, and other original content, Violence and Gender explores the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence.

Violence and Gender coverage includes:

  • Alcohol and chemical use/abuse
  • Anthropology, social, and cultural influences
  • Biology and physiology
  • Brain health
  • Brain trauma & injury
  • Early childhood development
  • Environmental influences
  • Gender
  • Genetics
  • Group violence: gang, peer, political, government, and religious
  • Mental health: illnesses, disorders, diseases, and conditions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Paraphilic behavior
  • Parenting and familial influences
  • Peer influences
  • Personality and temperament
  • Predatory behavior & aggression
  • Psychopathy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • School, college/university, and workplace influences
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidology
  • Threat assessment warning behaviors
  • Video games, films, television, the Internet, and media
  • Violent fantasies
  • Weapons

Violence and Gender is under the editorial leadership of Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD, Director, Forensic Science Program, George Mason University; Senior FBI Profiler/Criminal Investigative Analyst (ret.); and experts in psychopathy, criminal investigative analysis, offender behavior, targeted school violence, workplace violence, and threat assessment.

“I spent my career studying the criminal violent mind,” says Dr. O’Toole, “and now gratuitous violence is at an all-time high. This violence is well-planned, lethal, and extremely callous. The offenders are nearly always male. Does gender really make a difference in the commission of violent crime? It's time for a journal to take on this question.”

Watch an important video message from Dr. O'Toole:


Audience: Psychologists, sociologists, and mental health experts; behavioral intervention teams; criminologists; threat assessment professionals; educators and school administrators; cultural anthropologists; neurobiologists, endocrinologists, psychopharmacologists, and biology experts; probation, parole, and corrections officers; and law enforcement professionals at federal, state, local, and international agencies, among others.


  • PubMed Central
  • Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index™ (ESCI)
  • Scopus
  • ProQuest databases
  • PsycINFO
  • Global Health
  • SafetyLit
  • BenchSci
The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.