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Elisa is Chair of Academic Board at Federation University and Associate Professor of Tourism and Management. She has over 50 publications and has co-edited three books. She is also on the editorial board for 15 journals, and has received 14 awards to recognise her outstanding contribution to research and education.

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Family violence is one of the most serious problems plaguing society at present and is regarded as both a public health problem and a major threat to human rights. Despite the growing public discussions and awareness campaigns concerned with family violence, the problem persists. Research into family violence exists in many disciplines; however, to date, not a single paper in any tourism journal mentions family violence. And yet, family violence does not take a holiday. Therefore, family violence does exist in tourism. If a family lives with violence and goes on a holiday, the violence comes too. It doesn’t stay behind. This paper provides a particular focus on the relationship between family violence and VFR travel and postulates that VFR travel may be a beneficial form of support to victims of family violence when they decide to separate from a perpetrator. This paper provides a number of key directions to inform tourism researchers to potentially offer significant benefits to an urgent and important area of study.

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An examination of the relationship between VFR Travel and Family Violence

Family violence is one of the most serious problems plaguing society at present and is regarded as both a public health problem and a major threat to human rights. Despite the growing public discussions and awareness campaigns concerned with family violence, the problem persists. Research into family violence exists in many disciplines; however, to date, not a single paper in any tourism journal mentions family violence. And yet, family violence does not take a holiday. Therefore, family violence does exist in tourism. If a family lives with violence and goes on a holiday, the violence comes too. It doesn’t stay behind. This paper provides a particular focus on the relationship between family violence and VFR travel and postulates that VFR travel may be a beneficial form of support to victims of family violence when they decide to separate from a perpetrator. This paper provides a number of key directions to inform tourism researchers to potentially offer significant benefits to an urgent and important area of study.