2024 Conference

Violence Prevention Research Conference




Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
July 14th - July 16th, 2024

The Preliminary 2024 VPRC Program Book is available HERE

Best Practices for live-Tweeting during a conference can be found HERE.

UPDATE:  Registration is now OPEN.  

Sunday Workshops can be viewed HERE.

Sunday Poster Reception Presentations can be viewed HERE.

Poster Guidelines and Instructions can be viewed HERE.

Attention: Presenters are kindly requested to save their PowerPoint presentations to a thumb drive and bring it to their presentation. We would appreciate it if all presentations are saved down to PowerPoint 16 to ensure smooth running on the laptops in each meeting room. If you require assistance with this or would like to test your presentation prior to your session, please visit our AV testing room located in the Thaxter room on the lower level.

Conference Scheduling Information:

To assist with your travel arrangements, and to work around the issue we are having with Cvent to post this very important schedule, we have posted a searchable pdf of the days/time slots and rooms where each presentation will be held.  If you click the Search box with the Magnifying glass at the top right side of the sheet, you can search to find your name.  If you need the text to be larger, use the Zoom in (magnifying glass with +(plus) sign on the right bottom side. The schedule can be viewed HEREWe apologize for the tardiness of this schedule and hope this work-around will assist you!

Thank you!

Melissa Hurd and Jennifer Bedsole



Alternative Hotels in Portsmouth, NH (with Distance from Sheraton Harborside):

Hampton Inn & Suites, 23 Portwalk Place (0.1 miles) - 1-603-430-3033

Hilton Garden Inn, 100 High Street (0.1 miles) - 1-603-431-1499

Courtyard by Marriott, 1000 Market Street (0.8 miles) - 1-603-436-2121

Residence Inn, 100 Deer Street (0.1 miles) - 1-603-422-9200

AC Hotel, 299 Vaughn Street (0.1 miles) - 1-603-427-0152


Dear Colleagues:

We are eagerly planning our 2024 conference and look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

How does this conference differ from past family violence and child victimization conferences?
In conjunction with new partners at the University of Kentucky, our conference will have a focus on multiple forms of violence, with an emphasis on prevention. This may include primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention efforts.  As before, this conference will offer a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners from a broad array of disciplines to come together for the purpose of sharing, integrating, and critiquing accumulated knowledge on violence prevention.

In the past, our conferences have been well known for offering many opportunities to interact formally and informally with colleagues.  This conference will continue to champion interpersonal connection through a few “old favorites” (mentorship breakfasts, opening cocktail hours), as well as several new  pre-conference workshops, including a grant-writing workshop for early-career faculty.  Because this conference has been instrumental in igniting the research careers of many of us, we hope to continue to expand these traditions in 2024. 

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 violence prevention. We are especially interested in encouraging students to attend and present. In addition, approximately one third of our attendees in past years 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 people with similar areas of interest. Many fruitful collaborations have arisen from our meetings.

What is the conference format?
We anticipate 300 to 400 researchers and practitioners 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. We will also accept proposals for panels comprised of 3 or 4 papers focused on one theme. Poster presentations provide another important format for participants to share findings and new approaches.

When and where is the 2024 conference?
The 2024 conference is July 14-16 (Sunday-Tuesday) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center. 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 in New England.

Who organizes these conferences?

This conference is co-sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the University of Kentucky. It is both a new iteration and a continuation of the formally known “Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference” put together by Dr. Murray Straus of the UNH Family Research Lab beginning in 1981.

How do I submit a paper?
When you have a submission ready, you can submit it through this link. You will be notified in April 2024 of acceptance and which presentation category you were assigned.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in 2024!
David Finkelhor & Ann Coker, Conference Co-Chairs
Questions about the 2024 conference can 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.


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