Stalled at 20: VAWA, the Criminal Justice System, and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice
6 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2015 Last revised: 11 Jun 2015
Date Written: December 6, 2014
Since its passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has promoted a criminal justice approach to addressing intimate partner abuse. But VAWA has done little to provide people subjected to abuse with alternative avenues for seeking justice. VAWA could and should do more. Restorative justice is one option that future versions of VAWA might explore.
Keywords: VAWA, domestic violence, restorative justice, intimate partner abuse, victim-offender mediation, tribal courts
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