Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations

Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations
La justice réparatrice en Nouvelle-Écosse: le vécu et les recommandations des femmes
Restorative justice processes have been contemplated as a potential improvement on the failures of the existing criminal justice system to deal with violence against women, and as a potential source of empowerment for women. These analyses tend to downplay systemic discrimination’s role in these failures, to ignore family and […]
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Restorative justice processes have been contemplated as a potential improvement on the failures of the existing criminal justice system to deal with violence against women, and as a potential source of empowerment for women. These analyses tend to downplay systemic discrimination’s role in these failures, to ignore family and community roles in the reinforcement of male control of women, and to take an “it can’t get worse” approach to justifying unproven interventions through restorative justice. The complex realities of abuse, sex offences and discrimination against women which may impact restorative justice processes, when they are acknowledged, are often seen as remediable through power-balancing techniques and pre-process preparation.

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Ce rapport est disponible en anglais seulement.

Restorative justice processes have been contemplated as a potential improvement on the failures of the existing criminal justice system to deal with violence against women, and as a potential source of empowerment for women. These analyses tend to downplay systemic discrimination’s role in these failures, to ignore family and community roles in the reinforcement of male control of women, and to take an “it can’t get worse” approach to justifying unproven interventions through restorative justice. The complex realities of abuse, sex offences and discrimination against women which may impact restorative justice processes, when they are acknowledged, are often seen as remediable through power-balancing techniques and pre-process preparation.

Read this Paper as a Word Document or PDF.