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The Good Lives Model and restorative justice: combined potential in cases of sexual violence

Keenan, Marie; Ward, Tony; Zinsstag, Estelle


Marie Keenan

Tony Ward


This article explores the combined potential of the Good Lives Model (GLM) and restorative justice as complementary approaches to justice, healing and social integration for sexual crime victims and offenders. When the synergies in both perspectives are combined, they have the potential to enhance the lives of victims, offenders and their respective communities. The two different practice approaches can be integrated within the practice framework model developed by Ward and Durrant (Ward, T., & Durrant, R. (2021). Practice frameworks in correctional psychology: Translating causal theories and normative assumptions into practice. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 58. 10.1016/j.avb.2021.101612). We also suggest that aspects of the GLM could be explored as a potential framework to guide victim services too. The GLM and restorative justice are natural allies because of their shared commitment to the equal value and dignity of every individual involved in crime. The paper makes two important contributions. First, it considers the potential to combine the GLM with restorative justice. Second, it suggests there is potential to develop aspects of the GLM for survivor services.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 21, 2023
Journal Journal of Sexual Aggression
Print ISSN 1355-2600
Electronic ISSN 1742-6545
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Good Lives Model, restorative justice, sexual violence, victims, perpetrators, moral repair
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