Source: (2006) Justice Connections: a joint publication of NAFCM, PRASI and VOMA. 1(Summer):6, 8.

In the criminal justice world, using restorative practices within the context of domestic violence has been a contentious proposition. While the potential for healing families may exist in the right situation, issues like power, control, and the risk of re-occurring violence by the abusers pose major problems for the implementation of restorative alternatives. With the serious potential impact of these factors, most restorative justice practitioners have concluded that designing and offering a restorative option for battered women is problematic. However, because of a special partnership between a victim-support organization and a batterers’ treatment program, the Milwaukee community is making headway into this area. (excerpt)

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