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​In search of justice for domestic and family violence

Author(s) Nancarrow, Heather
Title In search of justice for domestic and family violence
Source Theoretical Criminology; 2016; Vol 10; No. 1; p87-106
Date 2016
Document type Journal article
JurisdictionQueensland, Australia
Summary In this study the author explores justice responses to violence against women from an Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspective. The study arose from the reports of two taskforces held in 2000 in Queensland, Australia, where it was found that Indigenous women supported restorative justice and non-Indigenous women opposed restorative justice in cases of domestic and family violence. The study was conducted in 2002 with one group of ten Indigenous women and one group of ten non-Indigenous women. For Indigenous women the criminal justice system was seen as a tool of oppression and increased violence against them and their communities. Participants in the non-Indigenous group were concerned of the power imbalance in domestic violence and saw restorative justice as a risk to victims of domestic violence. The author found that a key component in the differing views of the two groups was the 'ownership' of the justice response. Indigenous women felt the Indigenous community should own domestic violence and the non-Indigenous women felt it should be the state. Both groups supported to some degree an amalgamation of restorative justice and the criminal justice system, but with different approaches.
Keywords Domestic violence; family violence; restorative justice; criminal justice system; community; Indigenous.
Topic Indigenous; domestic violence; restorative justice