The Conference Planning Committee of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) invites submissions for presentations within all content areas of social work, social welfare services, and social policy.
The theme for the 2019 conference is “Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence.” This theme expands one of our Grand Challenges, reflecting the importance of simultaneously addressing these interrelated social justice issues that adversely affect people all over the world, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. Violence is often grounded in systemic oppression, fueled by gender and ethnic bias, and economic exploitation. Social work has historically been at the forefront of working to end all forms of violence with our founding mother Jane Adams receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her opposition to war. Social movements like #me too, Black Lives Matter, #never again, are underway creating increased visibility through activism and advocacy for the potential to powerfully impact policies and practices. It is imperative that during this resurgence of activism that we as social work researchers contribute to solving this broad and far reaching challenge of ending violence in our society by bringing innovative, high quality, evidence-based knowledge to this work.