Call for Submissions

Discrimination, Violence, & Healing within Marginalized Communities

A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Special Issue Guest Editors: Jennifer M. Gómez, Ph.D., Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D. & Melissa L. Barnes, M.S.

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Despite the growing research literature on interpersonal trauma in marginalized populations, many questions remain, including how discrimination and oppression—as additional forms of trauma—affect minorities who are also victims of violence: How does racism affect ethnic minorities’ help-seeking behavior following trauma? What is the role of trauma and dissociation on mental health outcomes of systemic discrimination? How can clinical assessment or treatment simultaneously address the multi-layered impact of cumulative trauma and continuous discriminatory-related stress? How does marginalization affect the qualitative experience of interpersonal trauma? How does identity of the perpetrator(s) (e.g., fellow minority; trusted other; government official) impact outcomes of trauma?

The purpose of this special issue is to understand the joint impact of discrimination and interpersonal trauma on marginalized communities. This includes oppression; interpersonal and systemic discrimination; historical and societal trauma; and individual, community, and police violence victimization. We are inviting papers that provide new scientific, clinical, or theoretical findings, as well as literature reviews and meta-analyses. Potential topics of interest include (but are not limited to): 1) the developmental impact of marginalization and trauma across the lifespan; 2) experiences of marginalization and trauma in a wide variety of contexts (e.g., law enforcement; homelessness; human trafficking); 3) impact of marginalization and trauma (e.g., posttraumatic growth; activism/advocacy; mental, physical, behavioral health; community connectedness and cohesion); and 4) culturally-informed approaches to healing at the individual and/or community levels.

Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2019 

Please email submissions directly to the co-editors: . All submissions that fit this call will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be 1500-5500 words. For more instructions, see Submission Instructions for Authors at

Authors are welcome (but not required) to submit abstracts for feedback regarding appropriateness for this issue to

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