Source: (2000) Saskatoon (?), Saskatchewan, Canada: Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan

In April 2000, Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan (PATHS) conducted a conference or forum in Saskatoon to address the following kinds of questions. Should the Saskatchewan government allow or institute restorative justice strategies for family violence cases throughout the province? Only in certain communities? Only under certain circumstances? Only with certain safeguards? Participants included individuals with expertise and experience in the justice system, alternative or restorative justice, women’s advocacy, and victims’ issues. This report on the conference highlights key themes and responses to those questions and the issues raised. A variety of views were expressed, ranging from strongly supportive of restorative justice strategies for family violence cases to strongly opposed. The report includes many direct excerpts from the discussion.