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What is justice? Perspectives of victims-survivors of gender-based violence

Hester, Marianne, Williamson, Emma, Eisenstadt, Nathan, Abrahams, Hilary, Aghtaie, Nadia, Bates, Lis, Gangoli, Geetanjali, Robinson, Amanda ORCID:, Walker, Sarah-Jane, McCarthy, Elizabeth, Matolcsi, Andrea and Mulvihill, Natasha 2023. What is justice? Perspectives of victims-survivors of gender-based violence. Violence Against Women 10.1177/10778012231214772

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This article explores “how do victims-survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) experience and perceive justice?” based on interviews with 251 victims-survivors with experience of different types of GBV and criminal, civil, and family justice systems. Victims-survivors were found to have multiple perceptions of justice, related to different points in their journey following abuse and regarding individual, community, and societal responses. Perceptions relate to accountability; fairness in outcome and process; protection from future harm; recognition; agency; empowerment; affective justice; reparation; and social transformation. Current understandings of justice in legislative and policy approaches reproduce the “justice gap” by failing to take account of how survivors themselves understand and demand justice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1077-8012
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 March 2024
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 16:10

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