Restorative Justice Model And Domestic Violence

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Introduction Beginning in the late 1960’s there began a shift in societal values from punishment of criminal behavior towards addressing the needs of the victims of crime. The questions being asked shifted from what law was broken to who was hurt. (Calhoun, 2013) It can be said that even today there still appears some controversy over the effectiveness and place of restorative justice however it has begun to infiltrate legislation. In Kansas K.S.A. 21-5414 (Domestic Battery) recently passed the requirement that all domestic violence offenders are required to undergo assessment and treatment from a certified batterers intervention program; a form of restorative justice. With this in mind the focus of subsequent discussion will be around defining terminology in restorative justice and domestic violence, effectiveness and implications, use in social work case management, and potential improvements to be made.
Description of Restorative Justice Model and Domestic Violence Offenders One of the major roots founded in the core of restorative justice is the connection, no matter how damaging, that links a victim to their offender. There is forever a connection developed between the victim and offender despite the lack of a previous knowledge of each other. The practice of RJ has been developed on three baselines; preparation, encounter, and follow-up. During preparation the provider focuses on explain accountability to the offender, focusing on the difference in
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