QUICK ESCAPE FROM SITE

Consistency and reliability in justice sector responses can improve outcomes for women

Research suggests that women may use the justice sector as one tool in an array of resources to cope with and reduce damage from the violence they experience.

  • Increasing the consistency of messages and results that victims and perpetrators receive from justice mechanisms assists women in achieving positive outcomes in the long term because they can count on a consistent response when they need it (Kelly, 1989).
  • Hearing consistently that women deserve to be safe and that perpetrators will be subject to sanctions is a powerful role for the justice system to play (Kelly, 1999).