Re-thinking domestic violence: can restorative justice protect victims and reduce the abuse?

Fussell, Ashley (2014) Re-thinking domestic violence: can restorative justice protect victims and reduce the abuse? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research study traces the emergence of domestic violence as a real criminal justice issue and assesses the extent to which criminal justice reforms in England and Wales have been effective in reducing this problem. Having evaluated the literature and analysed the research evidence regarding the use of perpetrator programmes, it has been found that inadequacies exist in current criminal justice measures.
    Considerable interest has developed around using restorative justice as an alternative approach to reducing domestic violence. However, this topic has been extensively debated in the literature, due to concerns that restorative justice processes and outcomes are not sufficiently stringent and may cause victims to be re-victimised. Nonetheless, as a result of evaluating recent research projects which have used restorative justice in cases of domestic violence, some convincing evidence has been found to suggest that it can reduce reoffending and protect the safety of victims; but, only in certain cases and under certain circumstances.
    By integrating these research findings with what has been discovered about restorative justice principles in the literature, it is indicated that in order to be applied safely and most effectively, restorative justice should be targeted at less serious cases of domestic violence and deploy a family group conferencing model with well trained facilitators.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 10:38
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 10:38

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