The Use and Effectiveness of Restorative Justice in Criminal Justice Systems Following Child Sexual Abuse or Comparable Harms

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney, ISBN 978-1-925289-43-5, 2016

77 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2016  

Jane Bolitho

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Social Science and Policy

Karen Freeman

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned an international literature review to examine the research evidence on the use, justification and effectiveness of restorative justice approaches in relation to child sexual abuse, and any problems or concerns arising, particularly in relation to institutional and non-familial child sexual abuse. As this report informs the Commission’s criminal justice project, it focuses on restorative justice approaches used within criminal justice systems. This report presents the results of a brief review of international literature and addresses four main areas, which are:

* the extent to which restorative justice is currently used in cases of institutional child sexual abuse and other child sexual abuse (or arguably, comparable areas such as adult sexual or personal violence offences, or child-related crimes, to the extent they may inform possible approaches to child sexual abuse or institutional child sexual abuse)
* the empirical evidence (if any) to support using restorative justice for child sexual abuse (or comparable areas)
* associated issues and criticisms
* particular considerations or implications for institutional child sexual abuse.

Keywords: restorative justice, child sexual abuse, institutional abuse, victims, sexual violence

Suggested Citation

Bolitho, Jane and Freeman, Karen, The Use and Effectiveness of Restorative Justice in Criminal Justice Systems Following Child Sexual Abuse or Comparable Harms (March 1, 2016). Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney, ISBN 978-1-925289-43-5, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877603

Jane Bolitho (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Social Science and Policy ( email )

Australia

Karen Freeman

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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