Professor Leigh Goodmark, a leading scholar of the role of restorative justice in reducing intimate partner violence, has spent the spring and summer exploring the new technique’s potential application with professionals in law enforcement, domestic violence and restorative justice in New Zealand, Canada and Australia.
This past May, Professor Goodmark delivered the keynote address at Victoria University of Wellington’s conference on Family Violence, Restorative Justice and the Law in New Zealand. In the keynote, Professor Goodmark critiqued the prevailing criminal justice response to intimate partner violence and explored the potential for a feminist, community-based response based on restorative principles. While in New Zealand, she also provided talks at the Te Awatea Violence Research Center at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse in Auckland; discussed the criminal justice response to intimate partner violence with government officials; and gave a national interview on Radio New Zealand discussing restorative justice and intimate partner violence.
In June, Professor Goodmark delivered the keynote address at the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference in Toronto. Professor Goodmark argued that there is substantial evidence that the strong state regulation of intimate partner abuse through the criminal justice system has had little or no impact on rates of domestic violence and asked whether restorative justice might provide more effective options for addressing such abuse.
Later this summer Professor Goodmark will return to the southern hemisphere in her role as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. She will travel throughout Australia speaking to audiences in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne about the failures of the criminal justice system response to intimate partner violence and the potential of restorative approaches.
These combined international experiences will inform Professor Goodmark’s national scholarship and practice of exploring meaningful, effective methods to impact the influences and consequences of intimate partner abuse.