Meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence with family law issues: the dangers and possibilities in restorative justice

Author(s)Behrens, Juliet
Title Meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence with family law issues: the dangers and possibilities in restorative justice
Source International Journal of Law in Context, Cambridge, Sep 2005, Vol 1, Iss 3, p215
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article examines restorative justice for victims of domestic violence who have family violence issues, in particular involving decision-making about parenting, and who may or may not have had cases dealt with in the criminal justice system. Women who work with victims of domestic violence and many academics have expressed concern about the use of restorative justice processes in domestic violence cases. It is suggested, however, that the current system continues to fail to meet the needs of victims with family law issues through lack of both access to justice and substantive justice. Restorative justice processes specifically designed for the domestic violence context offer some hope for better meeting the needs of these victims. It is also proposed that there is a need for the development of properly resourced integrated domestic violence courts where domestic violence is understood, taken seriously, and which provide the full range of legal processes needed.
Keywords Restorative justice; domestic violence; safety;; legal system
Topic Restorative justice; domestic violence