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Restorative justice and violence against women /
edited by James Ptacek.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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xviii, 292 p.
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0195335481 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780195335484 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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0195335481 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780195335484 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6981796
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
During the past 30 years, much of the world has begrudgingly acknowledged that spouses wrongly abuse their partners. Legal systems in many more-progressive nations have responded in ways designed to protect vulnerable women. However, this awakening of societal attitudes and legal maneuvers has fallen short, and feminist writers have questioned whether the legal system can actually stop daily violence against women. With this as a backdrop, the essays in this collection offer an alternative approach to addressing this social and legal issue. The authors suggest that communities must heal or "restore" themselves by reconciling victims and their offenders through face-to-face mediation. The concept would apply a historically macro approach to community conflict to an intimate microenvironment. Some feminists find the restorative justice approach problematic in that it does not necessarily appreciate the power and control issues associated with domestic violence, but this approach has the potential to empower victims of domestic violence. Although the book may not convince readers that restorative justice is a way of reducing domestic violence, it certainly will give them an opportunity to apply new thinking to an ancient social problem. Anyone interested in family violence should read this book and consider the concepts proposed by this perspective. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Mathews Salisbury University
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"This is the right book at the right time! The current political climate offers the best hope we have had in years for developing real alternatives to the crime-centered approach to violence against women that has become the norm. Laying out what those alternatives might look like, while offering important warnings about their limitations, Ptacek has tapped some of the most thoughtful scholars and activists to provide an explicitly feminist analysis of the use of RJ and other new anti-violence strategies in response to violence against women. The result is a book that demonstrates the importance of race, immigration status, and class in understanding women's experiences of violence and in developing the responses that are necessary to stop the violence. This book is a must-read for violence against women scholars and activists, for community organizers concerned with broad issues of racial and gender justice, and for RJ proponents."--Donna Coker, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Miami "James Ptacek has assembled some of the most progressive, experienced voices in the movement to end violence against women. These essays are unsentimental explorations of the possibilities for crafting transformative organizing models that confront not only individual violence, but the context of violent oppression. The scope is global but the strategies are grounded in the everyday experiences of women. Anyone who seeks a realistic, invigorated approach to social justice without sacrificing women's safety should read this hopeful book."--Kathleen J. Ferraro, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Northern Arizona University "Restorative justice poses a profoundly important, though controversial, challenge to the domestic violence movement and to feminism more broadly. Chapter authors do not shy away from the big questions, such as how we balance offender accountability and victim safety. Is restoration enough, or does justice require redemption and liberation? Where does (and can) justice happen? How should our responses address the racism, colonialism, poverty, and heterosexism that undergird gendered violence? This compelling book will inspire new thinking, new research, and new action for victims, offenders, and communities."--Lisa Goodman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College
"This is the right book at the right time! The current political climate offers the best hope we have had in years for developing real alternatives to the crime-centered approach to violence against women that has become the norm. Laying out what those alternatives might look like, while offering important warnings about their limitations, Ptacek has tapped some of the most thoughtful scholars and activists to provide an explicitly feminist analysis of the use of RJ and other new anti-violence strategies in response to violence against women. The result is a book that demonstrates the importance of race, immigration status, and class in understanding women's experiences of violence and in developing the responses that are necessary to stop the violence. This book is a must-read for violence against women scholars and activists, for community organizers concerned with broad issues of racial and gender justice, and for RJ proponents."--Donna Coker, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Miami "James Ptacek has assembled some of the most progressive, experienced voices in the movement to end violence against women. These essays are unsentimental explorations of the possibilities for crafting transformative organizing models that confront not only individual violence, but the context of violent oppression. The scope is global but the strategies are grounded in the everyday experiences of women. Anyone who seeks a realistic, invigorated approach to social justice without sacrificing women's safety should read this hopeful book."--Kathleen J. Ferraro, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Northern Arizona University "Restorative justice poses a profoundly important, though controversial, challenge to the domestic violence movement and to feminism more broadly. Chapter authors do not shy away from the big questions, such as how we balance offender accountability and victim safety. Is restoration enough, or does justice require redemption and liberation? Where does (and can) justice happen? How should our responses address the racism, colonialism, poverty, and heterosexism that undergird gendered violence? This compelling book will inspire new thinking, new research, and new action for victims, offenders, and communities."--Lisa Goodman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College "This collection of articles on RJ and the spectrum of contributors and perspectives is worthwhile reading for scholars, students, practitioners and activists...This book makes us think and encourages us to engage in conversations that can bring about diverse and meaningful ways to address violence against women." --Contemporary Sociology "...the book is well balanced in that it offers the reader both critiques and support for restorative justice practices with cases of interpersonal violence....this book is an excellent tool for both the novice and the expert in the fields of interpersonal violence and restorative justice." --Criminal Justice Policy Review "...it presents important academic and political analyses of the issues and practical examples of new ways of approaching that elusive goal of justice." --Times Higher Education "Anyone interested in family violence should read this book and consider the concepts proposed by this perspective." --Choice
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Despite significant accomplishments over the past 35 years, antiviolence activists know that justice for most abused women remains elusive. This book examines different justice practices for victims that are being used in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Main Description
Despite significant accomplishments over the past 35 years, antiviolence activists know that justice for most abused women remains elusive. Most victims do not call the police or seek help from the courts, making it crucial to identify new ways for survivors to find justice. This path-breaking book examines new justice practices for victims that are being used in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These informal, dialogue-based practices, referred to as "restorative justice," seek to decrease the role of the state in responding to crime, and increase the involvement of communities in meeting the needs of victims and offenders. Restorative justice is most commonly used to address youth crimes and is generally not recommended or disallowed for cases of rape, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. Nevertheless, restorative practices are beginning to be used to address violent crime. Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women considers both the dangers and potential benefits of using restorative justice in response to these crimes. The contributors include antiviolence activists and scholars from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Some are strongly in favor of using restorative practices in these cases, some are strongly opposed, and many lie somewhere in between. Their chapters introduce a range of perspectives on alternative justice practices, offering rich descriptions of new programs that combine restorative justice with feminist antiviolence approaches. Controversial and forward-thinking, this volume presents a much-needed analysis of restorative justice practices in cases of violence against women. Advocates, community activists, and scholars will find the theoretical perspectives and vivid case descriptions presented here to be invaluable tools for creating new ways for abused women to find justice.
Main Description
Despite significant accomplishments over the past 35 years, antiviolence activists know that justice for most abused women remains elusive. Most victims do not call the police or seek help from the courts, making it crucial to identify new ways for survivors to find justice. Thispath-breaking book examines new justice practices for victims that are being used in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These informal, dialogue-based practices, referred to as "restorative justice," seek to decrease the role of the state in responding to crime, and increase theinvolvement of communities in meeting the needs of victims and offenders. Restorative justice is most commonly used to address youth crimes and is generally not recommended or disallowed for cases of rape, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. Nevertheless, restorative practices are beginningto be used to address violent crime. Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women considers both the dangers and potential benefits of using restorative justice in response to these crimes. The contributors include antiviolence activists and scholars from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Some are strongly infavor of using restorative practices in these cases, some are strongly opposed, and many lie somewhere in between. Their chapters introduce a range of perspectives on alternative justice practices, offering rich descriptions of new programs that combine restorative justice with feministantiviolence approaches.Controversial and forward-thinking, this volume presents a much-needed analysis of restorative justice practices in cases of violence against women. Advocates, community activists, and scholars will find the theoretical perspectives and vivid case descriptions presented here to be invaluable toolsfor creating new ways for abused women to find justice.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introductionp. ix
Biographical Notesp. xv
Overview: Restorative Justice and Feminist Activism
Resisting Co-Operation: Three Feminist Challenges to Antiviolence Workp. 5
Critical Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Cases of violence Against Women
The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women's Movementp. 39
Aboriginal Women and Political Pursuit in Canadian Sentencing Circles: At Cross Roads or Cross Purposes?p. 60
A Community of One's Own? When Women Speak to Power About Restorative Justicep. 79
Restorative Justice, Gendered Violence, and Indigenous Womenp. 103
Restorative Justice for Domestic and Family Violence: Hopes and Fears of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian Womenp. 123
Restorative Justice and Youth Violence Toward Parentsp. 150
From Critique to New Possibilities: Innovative Feminist Projects
Opening Conversations Across Cultural, Gender, and Generational Divides: Family and Community Engagement to Stop Violence Against Women and Childrenp. 177
Alternative Interventions to Intimate Violence: Defining Political and Pragmatic Challengesp. 193
Restorative Justice for Acquaintance Rape and Misdemeanor Sex Crimesp. 218
Restorative Justice and Gendered Violence in New Zealand: A Glimmer of Hopep. 239
Beyond Restorative Justice: Radical Organizing Against Violencep. 255
Conclusion
Re-Imagining Justice for Crimes of Violence Against Womenp. 281
Indexp. 287
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