Source: (2002) Herizons 15 (Spring): 22ff.

The question of restorative justice and domestic violence is a controversial topic among legal experts and anti-violence workers. Part of the controversy, says Stephanie Coward-Yaskiw, consists in the wide variety of meanings attached to restorative justice by different people and groups. While some locate restorative justice in particular programs, others emphasize restorative justice as a fundamental perspective or philosophy of justice – a particular but comprehensive way of viewing crime and response to crime. To clarify some basic ideas in order to contribute to the debate, Coward-Yaskiw summarizes what certain people have said or written to define key elements of this fundamental perspective which is restorative justice. Following clarification of the meaning of restorative justice, she explores the question whether restorative justice is the answer to the problem of domestic violence.