Source: (2003) Contemporary Review. (December): 353-355.
A study of women survivors of violence in Queensland has shown that indigenous women tend to support restorative justice approaches as an alternative to the established criminal justice system, which has historically oppressed Aboriginals. According to the chairwoman of the New South Wales Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Winsome Matthews, locally developed schemes are working in several New South Wales communities, particularly ‘circle sentencing programmes’ where offenders sit down with their victims and others to confront their wrongs and reach for solutions. (excerpt)
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