Talked to Death? Exploring the use of restorative justice within intimate partner domestic violence cases: a qualitative thematic approach

Acton, Ellie (2015) Talked to Death? Exploring the use of restorative justice within intimate partner domestic violence cases: a qualitative thematic approach. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    There is a plenitude of research in domestic abuse and violence and separately in restorative justice. However research into the application of restorative justice in a domestically abusive or violent setting is relatively lacking. Domestic violence is often complex, with the potential for tragic consequences. Hence any development of new initiatives in this area must be treated with caution - in particular proposals which suggests bringing the victim and perpetrator together. Yet the Ministry of Justice in 2013 did not exclude any criminal offence types, including domestic violence from its restorative justice action plan. This has brought the discussion regarding the suitability of restorative justice to the forefront of policy discussions.
    This study presents a qualitative thematic investigation of the perspectives and experiences of those supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, those responsible for the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence perpetrators and survivors themselves. Resultant themes focused upon both internal and external factors which must be considered when deliberating the creation of a safe and quality restorative justice service for victims and their family, in line with the Ministry of Justice Action Plan. Four main analytic themes were elicited: the opportunities offered by restorative justice, associated risk, a common understanding and suitability of cases. These themes were derived from thematic clusters established by analytical mapping of feedback received from study participants. Further subordinate themes were discovered and are presented in this report. This research shows support for the use of restorative justice in the arena of domestic violence from the research participants. It is apparent that this support is tentative due to perceptions of poor practice, concern regarding victim coercion and perpetrator manipulation.
    This study seeks to explore the opinions, barriers and enablers to the safe provision of restorative justice in cases of domestic violence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 10:57
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 10:57

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