Source: (2006) ? In, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft editors, "Handbook of Restorative Justice" A Global Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group pp.286-296

This chapter begins by reviewing the development of the child protection and domestic violence movements since the middle of the twentieth century and their divergences in visions, convergences on legal interventions, and resulting conflicts in strategies. Then described are the North Carolina Family Group Conferencing project and its model of conferencing, the study method and the findings on including different sides of the family. The conclusion discusses the potential contributions of restorative justice in reshaping visions and practices and forming a coordinated response of informal and formal support networks to safeguard women and children. (excerpt)