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    Creative and transformative approaches to justice

    Ackhurst, Molly and Brazzell, M. and Day, Aviah and Tomlinson, Kamilah and Rodrigues Fowler, Y. (2022) Creative and transformative approaches to justice. In: Horvath, M.A.H. and Brown, J.M. (eds.) Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking – 10 Years On. London: Routledge, pp. 268-282. ISBN 9780367757410.

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    This chapter arose from discussions that took place between five current and former frontline workers, academics, writers, transformative justice practitioners, and community organisers beginning in June 2020. It seeks to explore what justice for survivors of gendered violence can look like if the criminal legal system is taken out of the equation. From theory to practice, state to the community, and personal to professional, Aviah, Kamilah, Melanie, molly, and Yara explore their own complex journeys into abolition rooted transformative praxis, which so often relies on deep creativity and uncomfortable conversations. In doing so, they hope to highlight alternative ways of thinking and working that can offer different ways of supporting survivors outside of a carceral framework. In striving for the abolition of gender-based violence, so too must prison abolition and transformative justice be seriously considered, and this chapter-rooted conversation calls for greater reflection around current engagements with carcerality when supporting survivors of gender-based violence. Book synopsis: Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking – 10 Years On takes stock of current thinking and research about rape and the way it is handled in practice within the criminal justice system, as well as challenging some of the widely held but inaccurate beliefs about rape. The second edition of Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking – 10 Years On is not a traditional new edition, although it does provide updated versions of substantive issues covered in the first edition. Bringing the book to the cutting edge, it incorporates both old and new contexts where sexual exploitation takes place, identifying some knowledge gaps especially when considering the voices of complainants/victims/survivors who are invisible or muted, numerous new areas of research including the implications arising from #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, the limitations of our present criminal justice systems, and radical alternatives to closing the justice gap. The new book reflects the global reach of research and thinking about rape, including more international coverage, with material from India, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as well as the UK. In order to learn from our shared history in this field, two authors reflect on their careers and other authors were encouraged to move away from conventional academic formats to convey their stories. Bringing together leading researchers in the field of psychology, sociology, and law, considering new research, and presenting new data from a strong theoretical and contextual base, the chapters are provocative and engage in innovative thinking, whilst remaining grounded in the available evidence. This book is essential reading for students of criminology, forensic psychology, sociology, criminal justice, law, media studies, and women’s/gender studies. It also aims to inform professionals engaged in the investigation, prosecution of rape, support, and preventative services.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Molly Ackhurst
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 13:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:17


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