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Seeking justice for survivors of sexual violence: Recognition, voice and consequences

McGlynn, Clare; Downes, Julia and Westmarland, Nicole (2017). Seeking justice for survivors of sexual violence: Recognition, voice and consequences. In: Zinsstag, Estelle and Keenan, Marie eds. Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice. Routledge, pp. 179–191.

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that conventional criminal justice systems fail to meet the needs and interests of sexual violence survivors. As a result, there is widespread debate over the possibility of developing and introducing more innovative means of securing justice, including a range of restorative approaches. Such approaches are being considered both as a means of re-shaping or re-orientating the conventional criminal justice system, as well as for their potential to provide alternative justice responses beyond the conventional system. However, discussion regarding the potential of restorative approaches to offer some measure of justice for sexual violence survivors has largely proceeded at a conceptual level due to the limited opportunities for restorative justice to be used in this field. While it is vital that we engage in thoughtful analysis of the principles and concepts underpinning any use of restorative approaches in cases of sexual violence, the debate can make only limited progress in an empirical vacuum.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISBN: Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions
Keywords: sexual violence; rape; sexual assault; justice; social justice; survivors; restorative justice; socio-legal studies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Social Policy & Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 46244
Depositing User: Julia Downes
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 15:01
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46244
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