Transformative Justice:  An Approach to Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Abuse

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Date(s) - Tuesday, 06/21/2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cafe 1923


Prisons and the criminal justice system perpetuate violence, fail to support survivors of violence, fail to change offenders, and fail to transform the social and cultural conditions that lead to violence.  Transformative justice is a liberatory alternative to criminalization and incarceration, which relies on community accountability and an anti-oppression framework.

This course is a reading group to study both transformative justice and its predecessor, restorative justice. Restorative justice “is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible” (Howard Zinn). We will discuss how to apply both models of justice to sexual assault and intimate partner abuse. We will explore ways of practicing community accountability to respond to the harms of interpersonal violence and to dismantle its roots.

Newcomers are welcome at any meeting, even if you haven’t been with us before. Email Alexandra to RSVP:  [email protected]. Readings for each meeting are listed below with links.


June 21 Meeting

The Revolution Starts at Home discussion continued.

  • “Philly’s Pissed and Beyond” (pgs. 38-43).
  • “Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategies” (pgs. 64-79).

And start discussing:

July 11 Meeting

Continue discussing:

July 25 Meeting:

“Potluck: Some Strategies from the Field” from The Revolution Starts at Home (pgs. 90-92).

Community Accountability Principles/Concerns/Strategies/Models by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

What We Have Already Read/Discussed