How Surrogate Impact Panels Function in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Mixed-Methods Study
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. DGE-1057604. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Victims & Offenders
Intimate partner violence (IPV) continues to be an urgent social problem, despite decades of intervention and prevention efforts. Restorative justice programs (e.g., victim impact panels) may be a useful addition to intimate partner violence (IPV) intervention, but it is unclear how these panels operate and to what extent they are consistent with restorative justice models. This naturalistic study of IPV surrogate impact panels used ethnographic observation of panels (n = 18), archival analysis of audience responses to the panel (N = 287), and focus groups and interviews (k = 4) with IPV survivors, an audience member, and batterer intervention providers to investigate these gaps. Findings suggest the panels manifest interactional processes consistent with restorative justice principles. Implications, limitations, and future aims of research on these panels are discussed.
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Kerrigan, K. S., & Mankowski, E. S. (2020). How Surrogate Impact Panels Function in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Mixed-Methods Study. Victims & Offenders, 1-31.