A restorative justice approach to family violence: Changing tack

restorative justice

This volume provides an essential update on current thinking, practice and research into the use of restorative justice in the area of family violence. It contains contemporary empirical, theoretical and practical perspectives on the use of restorative justice for intimate partner and family violence, including sexual violence and elder abuse. Whilst raising issues relating to the implications of reporting, it provides a fresh look at victims’ issues as well as providing accounts of those who have participated in restorative justice processes and who have been victims of abusive relationships.

Contributions are included from a wide range of perspectives to provide a balanced approach that is not simply polemic or advocating. Rather, the book genuinely raises the issue for debate, with the advantage of bringing into the open new research which has not previously been widely published. Given its unique experience in the development of restorative justice, the book includes empirical studies relating to New Zealand, contextualized within the global situation by the inclusion of perspectives on practices in the UK, Australia and North America.

This book will be key reading for people who work with violent offending of a family nature as well as for those who are interested in the study of family violence. 

  • Part I Setting the Scene: Living with intimate partner violence: Heeni’s story, Heeni Rongo in collaboration with Naida Glavish and Anne Hayden
  • Family violence and the courts, David Mather
  • Part II Violence in the Home: Understanding the prevalence of violence against women in New Zealand: implications for restorative justice, Janet Fanslow
  • Ma matou ma tatou – working together to change young lives: where to next with child protection in New Zealand? Paul Nixon
  • Elder abuse and neglect, Judith A. Davey
  • Violent girls: a casualty of family violence. ‘She hits me first, then I hit her back. Can’t let your mama hit you like that.’, Donna Swift
  • Part III The Practice of Restorative Justice in Family Violence – a Case Study: Titiro whakamuri – looking back: titiro whakamua – looking forward, Maxine W. Rennie
  • Changing lives through restorative justice: a judicial perspective, Chris McGuire
  • Restoring the balance: restorative justice and intimate partner violence, Ken McMaster
  • Part IV Recognizing Culture in Restorative Responses to Family Violence: The promise and possibilities of restorative justice as a way of addressing intimate partner violence in England and Wales, Loraine Gelsthorpe
  • Restorative practice with family violence, Julia Hennessy, Mike Hinton and Natalia Taurima
  • A Pacific perspective on restorative justice: the power of saying ‘sorry’, Marie Ropeti
  • Part V Restorative Justice and Family Violence – Research Findings: The use of restorative justice in family violence: the New Zealand experience, Venezia Kingi
  • Perpetrators’ and victims’ views of restorative justice and intimate partner violence, Anne Hayden
  • Taking a fresh look: fathers and family violence, Gale Burford and Joan Pennell
  • Sibling sexual abuse: offending patterns and dynamics in conferences, Kathleen Daly and Dannielle Wade
  • Part VI Challenges and Opportunities: Gendered violence and restorative justice, Julie Stubbs
  • Reflections on family violence and restorative justice: addressing the critique, Anne Hayden
  • Concluding thoughts, Heather Strang

For a special launch price: Restorative Approach to Family Violence

Published on Monday, July 28th, 2014, under Announcements, Family violence

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