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Victim-Offender Conferencing: Issues of Power Imbalance for Women Juvenile Participants

Field, Rachael
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) E Law — Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law 11(1). March. Perth, Western Australia: Murdoch University School of Law. Downloaded 28 May 2004.

This article addresses the issue of victim-offender conferencing, particularly focusing on female juvenile offenders. The article explores the position of young women in the criminal justice system, followed by discussion of the appropriateness of juvenile victim-offender conferencing for both young men and women. The article questions the appropriateness of victim-offender conferencing and looks at significant injustices for young, female offenders. The author highlights power imbalances, a lack of neutrality and other factors that suggest young women may be disadvantaged by conferencing. (Online abstract.)


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