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Restorative Justice Models in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Reviewing the Evidence.

Cheon, Aileen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Victims and Offenders. 1:369-394.

Despite increased public awareness and professional intervention, men’s
violence against their female partners continues to be a grave reality that challenges
those involved to seek better solutions. In recent years, restorative justice has become
an established alternative to the criminal justice system for dealing with a number of
crimes, and is now starting to be applied to cases of intimate partner violence. However,
given the unique social, relational, and psychological contexts of these crimes,
doubts are also emerging around the appropriateness of these applications. This paper
addresses this debate by reviewing the evidence supporting the use of restorative justice
models for various populations, and their ability to address the particular concerns
of those affected by intimate partner violence. It explores the fit between restorative
justice principles and processes, and what is known about the needs and capacities of
this group of victims, offenders, and the communities to which they belong. It is concluded
that while the restorative justice model shows promise, there is insufficient evidence
at this time to support its use in situations of intimate partner violence. (author’s abstract)


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