This 2002 book addresses one of the most controversial topics in restorative justice: its potential for dealing with conflicts within families. Most restorative justice programs specifically exclude family violence as an appropriate offence to be dealt with this way. This book focuses on the issues in family violence that may warrant special caution about restorative justice, in particular, feminist and indigenous concerns. At the same time it looks for ways of designing a place for restorative interventions that respond to these concerns. Further, it asks whether there are ways that restorative processes can contribute to reducing and preventing family violence, to healing its survivors and to confronting the wellsprings of this violence. The book discusses the shortcomings of the present criminal justice response to family violence. It suggests that these shortcomings require us to explore other ways of addressing this apparently intractable problem.
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.
1. Restorative justice and family violence John Braitwaite and Heather Strang; 2. Restorative values and confronting family violence Kay Pranis; 3. Domestic violence and women's safety: feminist challenges to restorative justice Julie Stubbs; 4. Sexual assault and restorative justice Kathleen Daly; 5. Children and family violence: restorative messages from New Zealand Allison Morris; 6. Feminist praxi: making family group conferencing work Joan Pennell and Gail Burford; 7. Transformative justice: anti-subordination processes in cases of domestic violence Donna Coker; 8. Balance in the response to family violence: challenging restorative principles Gordon Bazemore and Twila Hugley Earle; 9. Lessons from the mediation obsession: ensuring that sentencing 'alternatives' focus on indigenous self-determination Larissa Behrendt; 10. Restorative justice and Aboriginal family violence: opening a space for healing Harry Blagg; 11. Using restorative justice processes in developing ways of addressing family violence in Aboriginal communities Loretta Kelly; 12. Domestic violence and restorative justice initiatives: who pays if we get it wrong? Ruth Busch.