LLS Staff Seminar #7: Family Violence – Should restorative Justice be Part of Law’s Response?

In the seventh La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2015, Dr David Moore will discuss the use of “restorative justice” in cases involving family violence and sexual offences.


The current Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence has received a plethora of suggestions for how government agencies and community organisations can collaborate to address family violence. Among these is the suggestion to use some form of “restorative justice”. This idea of using restorative justice in cases of family violence (& of sexual offending) remains controversial. This paper suggests that much of this concern derives from a misunderstanding of what restorative justice is, and where it can be applied.   It explains how conferencing processes such as the current Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Restorative Engagement Conference Program work, and how they may be safely implemented in the family violence context to transform conflict into cooperation.


David Moore is an independent consultant, an Associate of La Trobe Law School, and current President of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice. He has been involved as a trainer &/or facilitator in group conferencing programs around Australia, and in North America and Europe, including the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Restorative Engagement Conference Program, a Victim Offender Conferencing program run by the NSW Department of Corrections, and many other programs using group conferencing in schools, workplaces, and residential communities.


Date: Wednesday 5 August 2015

Time: 12.45am to 2.00pm

Venue: Education Boardroom, Education Building 2 (ED2) 318, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Cost: Free

RVSP: Registration is required on Eventbrite

Marc Trabsky