The Atlantic article, “Abuser and Survivor, Face to Face,” explores the question: can restorative justice work for domestic violence cases? And who exactly does it benefit?
sujatha baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, discusses restorative justice as an alternative approach for survivors of domestic violence to the retraumatizing experience of going through the criminal legal system. Calling attention to cases where abused women have had their children taken away, sujatha says, “We effectively replicated the violence of the batterer with the violence of the state.”
The article also offers historical context for intersections of restorative justice with the domestic violence movement.