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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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A Community of One's Own?

A Community of One's Own?

When Women Speak to Power About Restorative Justice

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(p.79) 4 A Community of One's Own?
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Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women
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Pamela Rubin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335484.003.0004

A government proposal to implement restorative justice in Nova Scotia met with resistance by women’s antiviolence organizations. The government’s plan included both sexual offences and partner assaults among crimes eligible for restorative processes. Neither antiviolence organizations nor the public were involved in the development of this initiative. This chapter describes the negotiations between women’s organizations and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice over this initiative. In response to the government’s proposal, feminist organizations conducted focus groups with survivors to gather their perspectives on restorative justice. The findings of this research are presented, along with recommendations towards a more collaborative dialogue between the government and women’s antiviolence organizations.

Keywords:   restorative justice, feminism, violence against women, Canada, focus groups, community accountability

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