Source: (2006) Theoretical Criminology. 10(1):5-7.

This Special Issue of Theoretical Criminology emerged from our interests to clarify and expand feminist debates on restorative justice. Virtually all feminist analyses of restorative justice have centred on its appropriateness for partner, family or sexual violence. A Special Issue of Violence against Women (2005) is devoted to restorative justice and intimate or gendered violence. Such a focus is important, of course, especially in light of the many decades of feminist activism and research concerning violence against women and children. At the same time, such a focus may limit debate to a particular set of theoretical, empirical and political problems. Our goals for this Special Issue are to bring new empirical analyses to bear on extant debates, to identify new areas of feminist engagement with restorative justice and to bring an international and comparative dimension to theory and research. We were especially interested to include analyses that address both gender and race. There is frequent reference in the literature to the (presumed) interests of Indigenous peoples in restorative justice, but little examination of Indigenous women’s perspectives. We have chosen to give particular emphasis to the relationship of restorative justice to Indigenous justice, and to elucidate debates among and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women recognizing the significance of different local and national contexts. Thus, the contributing authors are from Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and the United States. (excerpt)