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Women's groups support moratorium on restorative justice

The groups say restorative justice in cases of domestic or sexualized violence can result in re-victimization
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Three organizations that support women and children who have experienced domestic or sexualized violence are calling for a moratorium on restorative justice in Nova Scotia when it comes to these crimes to continue.

Restorative justice allows for healing by having criminals engage with their victims so they can better understand the real-world impact of their actions.

But three groups - the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, Women's Centres Connect, and Alice House - say restorative justice in cases of domestic or sexualized violence can result in re-victimization.

Georgia Barnwell with Women's Centres Connect tells NEWS 95.7 the lack of resources in rural communities makes the problem there even worse.

"Even if something works well in Halifax with all of the resources, the climate is completely different in rural communities," explained Barnwell. "The training is inconsistent, and the resources are just not there."

The groups say they welcome engagement with government and women's advocates on the standards that must be met before restorative justice for these crimes could become a reality.




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