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 Is Restorative Justice Appropriate for Domestic Violence Cases?

  • Theo Gavrielides (IARS International Institute, Restorative Justice for All, E-mail:

The applicability of restorative justice with cases of domestic violence remains to be a grey area of research, policy and practice. In fact, there is a general consensus among feminists that restorative justice is not appropriate for these cases due to the power imbalance that exists between the parties in conflict. This paper aims to test the specific limits of using restorative justice with domestic violence cases. The paper uses data that was collected in 2014-15 through a qualitative, in-depth EU funded study that was conducted in the UK with a sample affected by domestic violence, as well as practitioners. Recommendations are produced for policymakers, social workers, practitioners, educationalists, healthcare professionals and researchers.

Keywords: restorative justice, domestic violence, violence against women, mediation