Source: (2003) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Griffith University Brisbane, Queensland Australia. Downloaded 24 October 2003.

What drives this research is an interest in the politics of justice and innovation in justice practices. Also motivating this work is a concern with the limits of law and legal reform to effectively address certain kinds of interpersonal crime, especially sexual assault. There are only two jurisdictions in the world, South Australia and New Zealand, which routinely use conferencing to process youth accused of sexual assault. In all other jurisdictions, sexual assault has deliberately been placed off the restorative justice agenda. Sexual violence is widely understood to be ‘too sensitive’ or ‘too risky’ to be handled by conference or to be diverted from court prosecution. (excerpt)

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