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The Family Violence (Specialist) Court

Recordon, Phil
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Presentation to the VUW Institute of Policy Studies Symposium: Towards a Restorative Society, October 10-11 2005.

Restorative Justice, Therapeutic jurisprudence, the Karina Williams approach to family violence
are, for me, so obviously right there can be no quarrel with any of them – but there is. The ‘let the
punishment fit the crime’ approach adopted by most Judges is flawed in family violence cases. It
is short term in its effect. It drives the abuser underground. It does not support the victim or
family. It leads to a huge number of abusers’ charges being dismissed or withdrawn because the
victim will not give evidence. (excerpt)


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