Embed Transformative Justice Principles into Systems WorkIn order to serve all survivors of violence, it is necessary to create models that centers survivor-defined justice and safety outside the criminal legal system.
Embed Transformative Justice Principles into Systems Work
Transformative justice recognizes that oppression is at the root of all forms of violence and seeks to address harm, both to the individual and the community at large, outside of the criminal legal system. However, that does not mean there is no accountability for the harm caused. Rather, transformative justice looks for different ways of delivering accountability outside of a system that historically has only dehumanized the individual through punishment. This involves divesting from the criminal legal system, which the vast majority of survivors choose not to engage with, and often re-traumatizes those who do engage with it. It requires us to reckon with our engagement with law enforcement and other power systems, including acting on calls to defund police and invest in community-based safety and support systems of care.
Divesting from the criminal legal system, which the vast majority of survivors choose not to engage with, and often re-traumatizes those who do engage with it.
Transformative Justice in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Work
Recognizes the imbedded racism and oppression in all system responses, particularly the harm caused by the criminal legal system to BIPOC communities
Prioritizes survivor-defined justice and healing
Advocates for dismissed charges and the release of all survivors acting in self-defense
Supports efforts to divest from criminal responses and defund police to return control back to communities to invest in safety and support systems
Resists efforts that seek to expand the reach of the criminal legal system, including efforts to criminalize abortion, sex work, and other related issues