Restorative justice, Navajo Peacemaking and domestic violence

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I argue that RJ processes may be beneficial for some women who experience domestic violence, but only if those processes meet five criteria: prioritize victim safety over batterer rehabilitation; offer material as well as social supports for victims; work as part of a coordinated community response; engage normative judgments that oppose gendered domination as well as violence; and do not make forgiveness a goal of the process. I review my earlier study of Navajo Peacemaking in light of these criteria. I also explore the significant differences between Peacemaking and other processes that are said to be derived from Indigenous justice models, noting in particular that the process is completely controlled by the Navajo Nation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
JournalTheoretical Criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Indigenous justice
  • Navajo Peacemaking
  • critical race feminist theory
  • domestic violence
  • restorative justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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