Source: (2003) London, UK: Refuge. Downloaded 24 November 2004.Refuge is a national charity in the United Kingdom that works on behalf of women and children experiencing domestic violence. This paper consists of Refuge’s response to a government consultation on restorative justice. Specifically, it is a response to questions about extending restorative justice beyond the sphere of youth offending into other spheres, such as sex crimes and domestic violence. In general, while Refuge welcomes the application of restorative justice in the area of youth offending, and it acknowledges some ways in which restorative justice may be appropriately extended to the areas of sex crimes and domestic violence, it presents a number of arguments raising serious concerns and reservations about the use of restorative justice in cases of violence against women and children.