Restorative justice as social justice for victims of gendered violence: A standpoint feminist perspective

Author(s)Van Wormer, Katherine
Title Restorative justice as social justice for victims of gendered violence: A standpoint feminist perspective
Source Social Work, Vol 45; No. 2; April 2009; pp107-116
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Summary This article explores the possibility of adapting restorative justice processes to the needs of female victims of gendered crime. The principles of restorative justice are examined for compatibility with the teachings and values of standpoint feminist theory. The author examines the traditional handling of court processes and plea bargains that are often seen as failing to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence. Four models of restorative justice - victim-offender conferencing, family group conferencing, healing circles, and community reparations are each examined separately through a standpoint feminist viewpoint. The author identifies several major advantages in using restorative justice strategies, including the ability to take wrongdoing and its resolution beyond victims and offenders and into the community, and in offering the profession of social work an enhanced role in criminal justice.
Keywords Restorative justice; standpoint feminist theory; domestic violence; conferences; healing circles; social work.
Topic Restorative justice