Source: (1996) Waikato Law Review 4 (1): 101-30. Reprinted in Restorative Justice. Declan Roche (2003), ed. Pp. 355-384. The International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Second Series. Aldershot, Hants, England: Dartmouth/Ashgate.

Hooper and Busch examine the appropriateness and value of restorative justice for domestic violence cases. Referring to a variety of research studies and to actual programs in New Zealand, they highlight strengths and limitations of certain models of restorative justice processes – in particular, victim-offender mediation and family group conferences. While recognizing the potential in restorative justice approaches, Hooper and Busch urge caution in the application of restorative justice to domestic violence cases, and they propose certain protocols for cases where it is applied.

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