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Using restorative justice for gendered violence: success with a postconviction model 

Author(s)Miller, Susan L. and LeeAnn Iovanni
Title Using restorative justice for gendered violence: success with a postconviction model
Source Feminist Criminology, 2013, Vol 8, No. 4, pp 247-268
Date 2013 
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the authors explore the appropriateness of using restorative justice for crimes of gendered violence, such as sexual assault or domestic violence. The opposing viewpoints presented in the literature are discussed, and particular attention is given to the potential benefits of restorative justice such as allowing victims to participate in the process and providing an opportunity for the offender to take responsibility for his behaviour. To illustrate the efficacy of the restorative justice model a case study of a survivor of an abusive marriage who engages in a restorative justice proceeding is presented in detail. An important feature of restorative justice proceedings being used for victims of domestic violence is the timing, to ensure victims are safe and supported and ready to engage. In the case study the restorative justice process was postconviction, allowing time for the victim to move on from being a victim to a thriver. This means that the power imbalances are likely to be resolved and the offender has already been sanctioned by the criminal justice system in formal court proceedings.
Keywords Restorative justice; Intimate partner violence; IPV; victimisation; sexual assault; domestic violence
Topic Restorative justice