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

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 1 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2006 Pages: 369-394
Aileen Cheon; Cheryl Regehr
Date Published
December 2006
26 pages
This paper reviews 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.
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 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. (Published Abstract)