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Restorative Justice, a framework to address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).
Around the world, policies and laws emphasizing criminal justice have dominated domestic violence interventions for decades. In the United States, certain feminist advocates worked with state actors to develop a primarily criminal justice response to domestic violence. This carceral approach is increasingly criticized for failing to help and sometimes causing outright harm to its supposed beneficiaries. In place of carceral policies, advocates have begun to push for community-based restorative and transformative justice alternatives to prosecution that gives advocates an opening to meet the expressed needs of victims of domestic violence, as well as to effect normative change within the broader community and institutions who have contributed to it, denied it or minimized its impact. The central goal of this approach is to provide support, care and healing for the persons harmed.

During this webinar, Aparna Polavarapu, JD, LLM, professor of law at the University of South Carolina Law School, will help us examine the restorative justice approach to addressing intimate partner violence.

Objectives: Participants will:
1. Gain an understanding of the difference between using carceral policies and laws verses reconciliation justice to mediate cases of domestic violence and intimate partner violence
2. Garner insight into how restorative justice mechanisms draw inspiration from traditional forms of restorative justice found in Native American, African, and Asian communities.
3. Learn how restorative justice can create an opening for normative change that is not occurring when feminists rely solely on criminal justice and the formal legal system.
4. Examples of restorative justice programs in the United States and abroad will be provided.
5. Current criticisms for restorative justice will be addressed.

This webinar has been approved for 1 hour CLE from the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and for Victim Service Provider (VSP) hours.

Jan 31, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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