May 2015

VUW Conference - Family Violence, the Law and Restorative Justice


A one-day conference will be held on Thursday 7 May, and will explore innovative approaches to dealing with family violence based on principles, practices and values of restorative justice. The following day, Friday 8 May, a professional development workshop will run for restorative justice facilitators and family violence workers.

The conference will be of interest to academics, policymakers, service providers and practitioners in the family violence and restorative justice sectors.

The goal is to consider the potential (and the pitfalls) of community-based interventions based on restorative justice procedures to address one of the most challenging social problems in our society.

The Law Foundation is helping to bring the keynote presenter Leigh Goodmark, Professor of Law in the Frances King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. Professor Goodmark directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other cases involving gender violence. Professor Goodmark is known for her award-winning book A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System” (NYUP, 2012).

Further information about the symposium is available on this flyer. Registrations are being taken by Hannah Gabriel at VUW.

The Law Foundation is providing funding of up to $10,000 towards bringing the keynote speaker and towards transcription costs.