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Dangerous liaisons?: A feminist and restorative approach to sexual assault.

Pali, Brunilda
June 4, 2015

Source: (2011) Temida. 14(1):49-65.

The appropriateness of restorative justice (RJ) for gendered violence offences such as
domestic violence and sexual assault has always been and still is highly contested.
This paper focuses on the appropriateness of RJ measures in addressing sexual assault,
primarily with reference to experience of restorative dialogues as practiced at the Centre
for Victims of Sexual Assault in Copenhagen, and it takes a feminist approach to the
application of RJ measures to sexual assault. Within this framework, the paper tackles
two issues in particular: the privacy element of RJ versus the public aspect of the criminal
justice system (CJS), and the intersection of the CJS and RJ in cases of sexual assault. In
relation to the relationship between CJS and RJ, the authors argue that RJ could be used
for victims of sexual assault, not primarily as part of diversion programmes, but when
offered apart from and/or parallel to the CJS. In relation to the private/public debate, the
authors argue that while RJ encounters, by taking place in highly confidential settings,
might have a negative impact on efforts by women’s movements to move violence
against women out of the private and into the public realm, creating high standard
alternatives for individual women who are in need of support and constantly generating
public debate about gendered violence is a good feminist response to this complex issue. (author’s abstract)


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