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Pelikan, Christa. Victim-offender mediation in domestic violence cases-a research report
In this paper, Pelikan examines the results of empirical research into the issue of victim-offender mediation in domestic violence cases, with emphasis on the situation in Austria.
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Violence against women: restorative justice solutions in international perspective.
from the paper by Fernando Vázquez-Portomeñe Seijas: Cases of isolated and slight aggressions suffered by victims with enough social and personal resources (who have denounced the facts or taken other decisions to finish with the situation of violence) are suitable for mediation. The resource to mediation should be excluded, on the other hand, in cases with incidence of chronic or long-term violence and domination. The aggressor will possess such influence and power that the probabilities of reaching a completely voluntary agreement and that this agreement considers the interests of both parts will be scanty.
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RJ Article Artinopoulou, Vasso. Victim offender mediation in cases of domestic violence -- the Greek experience.
Gender perspective is important to take into account in domestic violence as well as in restorative justice issues. Gender inequalities and imbalances affect the victimization potentials and the risks to families and the society as well. Gender issues are also discussed in the present article, with particular emphasis to the debate concerning the appropriateness of victim offender mediation in cases of domestic violence. (excerpt)
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File Violence against women: restorative justice solutions in international perspective.
Author: Fernando Vázquez-Portomeñe Seijas In Austria and Germany specialized intervention programmes have adapted the classic principles of penal mediation in order to work with domestic violence cases. This adaptation means introducing changes in several aspects: the duration of the sessions and intervention times, the support of both parts at the moment of presenting their interests, the incorporation of result controls and of the indirect (shuttle) mediation, the incorporation of probation periods and of balance dialogs… In this article will be presented some aspects of the practical execution of the programs: those related to the proceedings orientated to correct the power imbalances and reinforce the position of the disadvantaged part (empowerment strategies), particularly the incorporation of two mediators (a man and a woman) and the coordination with the institutions and agencies that can offer the “resources” that are necessary to reinforce the social links of the victim inside the community. (author abstract)
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In 2001, New York created the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts in order to more efficiently and more comprehensively ad- dress domestic violence cases.' Domestic violence cases that were formerly spread out between two or three different courts can now be resolved in front of one judge.2 While this new court does mini- mize the hassle for the parties involved in the dispute and does eliminate inconsistent rulings by different judges in different courts, this new court structure does not address some problems that have existed with courts' approaches to resolving domestic vi- olence.' These problems include (1) that abusers can often afford to hire an attorney when victims cannot, (2) that victims are skepti- cal about the effectiveness of orders of protection, and (3) that abusers can use the court process as a way to further intimidate and abuse their victims.' Mediation,5 in connection with the Inte- grated Domestic Violence Courts, could be used in cases where these problems occur to help the parties resolve their problems.(Excerpt)
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RJ Article Peters, Heather. Family group conferencing and family violence: Once community's power struggle.
This article examines the use of one particular alternative justice model, the family group conferencing method, in cases of violence against women. The author examines the success and problems of the family group conferencing method, as exemplified in the case of a rural community in British Columbia, Canada. The study identifies restorative justice as a viable option for correction system, while also pointing to the fact that one single method does not fit all circumstances and cases. Different models of restorative justice prove to work more effectively in different situations. In this light, it is cautioned not to overreact and, as a consequence, to endanger past and future victims of crime in any given situation or at any given moment. (author's abstract)
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RJ Article Zellerer, Evelyn. Dangerous Dichotomies: The Potential for Restorative Justice to Resolve Feminist Dilemmas.
This article explores dilemmas that have emerged from my work on gender, culture, violence, and justice. I examine feminist positions regarding, first, violence against women and, secondly, female offenders. The summary of feminist perspectives reveals that feminists are simultaneously supporting and rebelling against the current punitive approach to crime. A major source of the problem is dichotomous thinking in terms of: the interests of victims versus the interests of offenders; the experiences of girls/women versus the experiences of boys/men; and state intervention versus community intervention. I argue that restorative justice has the potential to overcome dichotomous thinking and to resolve the dilemmas facing feminist/critical scholars. Indeed, core elements of a feminist vision of justice coincide with a restorative vision of justice. (Excerpt).
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4 tips for restorative justice programs, skills with victims and addressing domestic violence
from the entry by Kris Miner on Restorative Justice and Circles: ....I’ve been working with Restorative Justice for 14 years, full-time the past 6, going on 7 years. I read all I can find, I am passionate about using a holistic response to people, finding the strengths and power for transformation and healing in Restorative Justice. These 4 tips come from experience and education.
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Relations of domination and subordination: Challenges for restorative justice in responding to domestic violence
from the paper by Julie Stubbs: Barbara Hudson is cautious in her approach to RJ: she summarises the appeal of RJ in ‘the openness of story telling and exploration of possibilities for constructive and creative responses to offences’. In the context of domestic violence she suggests that RJ offers the victim ‘the opportunity to choose how to present herself… [to express] her feelings, her understanding of events, her wishes and demands for the future’. However, Hudson recognises that the discursiveness of RJ is not without problems such as the risk of domination and the reproduction of power relations and she emphasizes the need for ‘strong procedural safeguards’.
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RJ Article Proietti-Scifoni, Gitana and Daly, Kathleen . Gendered violence and restorative justice: the views of New Zealand Opinion Leaders.
Although New Zealand has been a pioneer in the development and expansion of restorative justice in the adult and youth criminal justice systems, it has taken a more cautious approach to using restorative justice in adult cases of gendered violence. We present interviews of 19 New Zealand Opinion Leaders on the appropriateness of restorative justice for partner, family, and sexual violence, and child sexual abuse (CSA). We found that three groups, rather than two, better describe the range of positions: these are the Supporters, Skeptics, and Contingent Thinkers. All viewed child sexual assault as least suitable for restorative justice, with relatively more support in cases of partner, family, and sexual violence. The Opinion Leaders' positions were shaped by their experiences with restorative justice, professional position, racial and ethnic identities, and views of the criminal justice system. The participants' views were complex and varied, and not easily contained in a simple `for' or `against' dichotomy. (author's abstract)
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