Source: (2002) Summary Report of Phase Two discussion paper and workshop. Downloaded 29 March 2005.

Justice Options for Women Project started in1999 when some community members and organizations were concerned that restorative justice approaches would be used in cases where women had been victims of violence without enough consideration of the needs of women and consultation with the community. The Steering Committee for the project said at that time - we need to work on ensuring justice options for women and children before focussing specifically on restorative justice. While restorative justice does need to be addressed, both from the concern that restorative justice risks making woman abuse “privateâ€? and for the potential to support women who are victims of violence, restorative justice options should not detract from the continuing efforts needed in the justice system. (excerpt)

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