RESTORATIVE OR RISKY? Victims and offenders of gender-based violence voice their experiences of victim offender mediations by the Restorative Justice Centre
In the context of the national pandemic of GBV and specifically IPV in South Africa there is outrage at the perceived inadequate response by the criminal justice system. At the same time, researchers have cautioned that we need to take a more evidence-based approach that includes a restorative justice approach. The RJC has conducted victim offender mediation(VOM) in situations of GBV and IPV for many years. This aim of this report was to provide qualitative feedback on the implementation and effectiveness of victim of VOMs for incidents of GBV conducted by the RJC in 2021. Although the sample is small, feedback from both the victims and offenders who participated indicate that the VOM’s had a positive impact on most of the victims who communicated that it gave them a voice and empowered them. The recommendations listed in the report are being addressed in the training of our staff.