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Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women$
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James Ptacek

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335484.001.0001

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The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women’s Movement

The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women’s Movement

2 The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women’s Movement
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women

Loretta Frederick

Kristine C. Lizdas

Oxford University Press

Both the restorative justice movement and the battered women’s movement challenge perceived failures of the mainstream criminal legal system. Additionally, these reform movements share certain underlying social objectives regarding crime: (a) to restore victims of crime; (b) to prevent individual offenders from re-offending; (c) to promote the role of the community in responding to crime; and (d) to address the social context in which crime is committed. However, for various and substantial reasons, both movements fall short of offering alternative responses to crime that are truly restorative for all victims of domestic violence. This chapter explores the commonalities and shortcomings of each movement’s response to domestic violence. Ultimately, the chapter highlights the unique opportunity presented by the intersection of these two movements to contemplate and envision practices that are more effective for communities, redemptive for offenders, and liberating for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Keywords:   restorative justice, domestic violence, battered women’s movement, feminism, reform, criminal legal system, crime, victims, offenders

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