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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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Alternative Interventions to Intimate Violence

Alternative Interventions to Intimate Violence

Defining Political and Pragmatic Challenges

(p.193) 9 Alternative Interventions to Intimate Violence
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women

Mimi Kim

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the “community-based intervention approach” of Creative Interventions, an organization established to create and promote collective interventions to interpersonal violence. This approach is part of a growing effort to create alternative strategies which do not rely on social services or the state. The chapter opens with a contribution to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project which documents community efforts to address and end violence. The story of how a Maori family prevents child abuse illustrates the capacity for communities to create more flexible and effective responses to violence. Kim also shares the principles underlying the Community-Based Interventions Project, a pilot project creating an alternative model for violence intervention. These principles and practices challenge the individualistic, binary assumptions of conventional feminism which align with an emphasis on criminalization. The chapter ends with observations based upon the early implementation experiences of Creative Interventions and the successes and contradictions they suggest.

Keywords:   violence, community accountability, restorative justice, transformative justice, feminism, intersectionality

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