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

Last edited: December 20, 2011

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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).