‘Restorative Justice in cases of domestic violence: Best practice examples between increasing mutual understanding and awareness of specific protection needs’ is a two year EU-funded project that began in February 2014 with a primary emphasis on the European Directive on Minimum Standards of the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (particularly Articles 12 and 25). Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) will represent the UK in the project which is led by the Verwey- Jonker Institute, a national, independent institute for applied research into social issues. The project will be assisted by five European partners namely Institut für Konfliktforschung (IKF) Austria, Landsorganisationen for Kvindekrisecentre LOKK Denmark, European Public Law Organization (EPLO) Greece, Department of Criminal Policy of the Ministry of Justice Finland, and European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ).
The project aims to generate and pilot new knowledge on practices of restorative justice and domestic violence and to identify criteria for offering restorative approaches to such cases, in accordance with the Victims' Directive. The project will also investigate regulations of restorative justice and mediation in their practical approaches concerning domestic abuses (be this gender specific or interfamilial), as well as understanding under what conditions restorative justice is appropriate. The result will be a guide, with a set of recommendations based on evidence-based research and practice. The guide will aim to improve the knowledge of practitioners working in the field and will be written in English, Finnish, German, Dutch and Greek.
Project activities include; preparatory research that will look at existing evidence, culminating in a comparative literature review and interviews with victims, perpetrators and professionals that will inform the practical guide as well as in-depth meetings to discuss results at a European-level.
The programme is funded by the EU under the JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4587 agreement