There are several countries where restorative justice is used to empower women in these situations and substantial research to back up its benefits for women.
The use of restorative justice with victims of domestic violence is much debated. People point to the dangers of re-victimising the victim. Yet often the victims of domestic violence have few choices – prosecuting the perpetrator or simply putting up with the abuse.
Dr Marian Liebmann, an international expert and consultant on restorative justice, argues that women need more options, and that for some, with stringent conditions in place, restorative justice can be a good choice.