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IPV V3  Intimate Partner Violence: Restorative Programs in the US

An NACRJ Member - Dr. Joan Pennell - is one of the co-authors of an important new research article on restorative justice and intimate partner violence. Her team received permission from Sage Journals, the publiisher ofViolence Against Women to allow the article to be freely disseminated for a 14 day period (ending Nov. 14th)

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This national study of US restorative programs identified safe ways to include persons harmed, persons causing harm, and their supporters in figuring out solutions to end domestic violence.

Disillusionment with the impact of the criminal legal and child protection systems, especially on historically oppressed families and communities, has increased interest in restorative approaches to domestic violence. Restorative circles and conferencing are voluntary processes that may bring together the persons harmed, persons causing harm, and their supporters, but is this inclusiveness safe? A national study of restorative programs in the United States identified what keeps programs true to their original change goals and what principles guide them in carrying out their work in safe and productive ways. After training, circles rely on community participants to encourage normative change; and with careful preparation, conferencing brings together family and kin to build support networks.


Pennell, J., Burford, G., Sasson, E., Packer, H., & Smith, E. L. (2020). Family and community approaches to intimate partner violence: Restorative programs in the United States. Violence Against Women, 1-22. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/107780122094503