Justice, Inequality & Gender Based Violence

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Summary

The research addresses how ‘justice’ is understood, sought, and experienced by a wide range of victims/survivors of gender based violence (sexual, domestic and ‘honour-based’ violence), by asking:

  1. How do victim/survivors and others experience and perceive ‘justice’?
  2. How does inequality affect access to support pathways and trajectories through the formal and informal justice systems?
  3. How are notions of resistance and empowerment linked to notions of justice and access to justice?
  4. How do practitioners themselves perceive notions of ‘justice’ whether enacted through formal or informal routes.
  5. What would a truly victim focused justice agenda for gender based violence look like?

We also look at implications of recent changes in the formal and informal justice systems and policy and contexts of austerity. The research involves extensive literature reviews, meta-analysis of existing criminal justice and GBV datasets, and interviews with a large sample of victims-survivors and practitioners.