Strathclyde Centre for Law, Crime and Justice (Strathclyde Law School)

together with

Scottish Universities Insight Institute Programme on Developing Restorative Justice in Scotland: Learning from local and international experience programme


Responding to Sexual Violence: Is there a Role for Restorative Justice?

Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University

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In the Chair: Dr Sarah, Armstrong (Univeristy of Glasgow and SCCJR)


Sandy Brindley, National Coordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland 

Dr Marie Keenan, University College Dublin. 

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Despite important changes over recent years to our laws and policies regarding sexual violence, justice for survivors remains elusive. Attrition rates through criminal justice processes remain high, conviction rates low, and many survivors experience the legal system as alienating and often abusive. These injustices have prompted debate over possible alternatives to the conventional criminal justice system, including restorative justice. Drawing on the experiences of ‘Lucy’, a survivor of child rape and other forms of sexual abuse who participated in a restorative justice conference, Prof McGlynn will consider the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using restorative approaches in cases of sexual violence. 

Clare McGlynn is a Professor of Law at Durham University with particular expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, image-based sexual abuse (including ‘revenge porn’) and sexual violence. Her research has examined the possibilities of restorative justice in cases of sexual violence and domestic abuse, and her work with sexual violence survivors is investigating their perceptions of justice, developing the concept of kaleidoscopic justice. She is the co-editor of Rethinking Rape Law: international and comparative perspectives (2010) and Feminist Judgments: from theory to practice (2010); and author of Families and the European Union: law, politics and pluralism (2006) and The Woman Lawyer - making the difference (1998). 

Sandy Brindley is National Coordinator at Rape Crisis Scotland 

Dr Marie Keenan (University College Dublin) is a systemic and forensic psychotherapist. She specialises in public policy and therapeutic responses to crime. Her research interests focus on sexual trauma and abuse and on restorative and transformative justice.

Dr Sarah Armstrong is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She is particularly interested i how penal policy and popular culture separately and jointly shape our understanding of punishment.  She is also the director of the scottish centre for crime and justice research.

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