Back to RJ Archive

Response: This Woman’s Perspective on Justice. Restorative? Retributive? How about Redistributive?

Pate, K.
June 4, 2015

Source: (1994) Ottawa: Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Dowloaded 20 January 2005.

Kim Pate worked for many years with the John Howard Society. As she wrote this, she was working for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, the members of which provide services and programs on behalf of people, women in particular, who have been or are identified as at risk of being in conflict with the law. In this paper, Pate explores feminism and restorative justice. She asks basic, even radical questions, about what is feminism, what is justice, and what is restorative. In particular, she notes that how we define these terms may have much to do with position in society – that is, with where we are situated with respect to dominant values and structures of society. Depending on whether one is more a part of those dominant values and structures or less a part, the understanding of justice and restoration may differ. Pate raises these questions in the context, then, of identifying ways feminism can and should affect how we understand justice and pursue criminal justice.


AbstractConceptual IssuesPolicePrisonsRJ and the WorkplaceRJ in SchoolsRJ TheoryStatutes and LegislationTeachers and Students
Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now