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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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Opening Conversations Across Cultural, Gender, and Generational Divides

Opening Conversations Across Cultural, Gender, and Generational Divides

Family and Community Engagement to Stop Violence Against Women and Children

8 Opening Conversations Across Cultural, Gender, and Generational Divides
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women

Joan Pennell

Mimi Kim

Oxford University Press

Identities constructed on gender, generation, and culture simultaneously generate rationalizations for violence and feminist praxis for countering women abuse and child maltreatment. This chapter opens dialogue between the authors’ two theories of change for stopping family violence—widening the circle and creative interventions. Both engage the family group and community in finding solutions that honor family culture while upholding the human rights of all family members. Widening the circle is applied in situations in which the state is already involved and seeks to build partnerships that exert familial, community, and legal leverages to stop the abuse. Creative interventions are invoked for immigrant, GLBT, and other groups that are more often harmed than helped by protective authorities and emphasizes community accountability without the involvement of the state. An example of an undocumented family illustrates a creative intervention and its outcome.

Keywords:   restorative justice, women abuse, child maltreatment, family culture, identities, immigration, community accountability, feminism

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