Gendered violence and restorative justice: the views of victim advocates
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The use of restorative justice for gendered violence has been debated in the feminist literature for some time. Critics warn that it is inappropriate because the process and outcomes are not sufficiently formal or stringent, and victims may be revictimized. Proponents assert that a restorative justice process may be better for victims than court because it holds offenders accountable and gives victims greater voice. This article presents what victim advocates in two Australian states think about using restorative justice for gendered violence. We find that although victim advocates have concerns and reservations about restorative justice, most saw positive elements.
Violence Against Women
Copyright 2005 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Violence Against Women. This journal is available online: http://vaw.sagepub.com/content/vol11/issue5/