Restorative Justice and Family Violence

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This book addresses one of the most controversial topics in restorative justice: its potential for resolving conflicts within families. It focuses on feminist and indigenous concerns in family violence that may warrant special caution in applying restorative justice. At the same time, it looks for ways of designing a place for restorative interventions that respond to these concerns.

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Editorial Reviews

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'… all contributions provide intelligent commentaries on this troubled field of practice. Read together, they provide a critical discourse on restorative justice when it is applied in family violence cases, expanding the reader's understanding about this complex set of issues. This book has relevance for lawyers, police workers, and policy makers; as well, family counsellors and human service workers need to read this book.' Journal of Family Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521521659
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Strang is Director in the Centre for Restorative Justice, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

John Braithwaite is a Professor in the Centre for Restorative Justice, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Restorative Justice and Family Violence 1
2 Restorative Values and Confronting Family Violence 23
3 Domestic Violence and Women's Safety: Feminist Challenges to Restorative Justice 42
4 Sexual Assault and Restorative Justice 62
5 Children and Family Violence: Restorative Messages from New Zealand 89
6 Feminist Praxis: Making Family Group Conferencing Work 108
7 Transformative Justice: Anti-Subordination Processes in Cases of Domestic Violence 128
8 Balance in the Response to Family Violence: Challenging Restorative Principles 153
9 Lessons from the Mediation Obsession: Ensuring that Sentencing 'Alternatives' Focus on Indigenous Self-Determination 178
10 Restorative Justice and Aboriginal Family Violence: Opening a Space for Healing 191
11 Using Restorative Justice Principles to Address Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities 206
12 Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice Initiatives: Who Pays if We Get it Wrong? 223
References 249
Index 279
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