Despite staggering statistics and horrific personal accounts, intimate partner violence remains a normalized part of life. Even when videos of intimate partner violence committed with the hands, mouths, and privilege of sports stars and celebrities flash across our screens, outrage dissipates as soon as a new scandal arises. It is easy to become desensitized to intimate partner violence and the many forms it takes — verbal, psychological, financial, physical, spiritual. But intimate partner violence continues at epic levels, killing and wounding our women, children, and men, and depriving communities of fullness of life.
Incest and rape are words that never fully capture the horrifying and lasting imprint that these experiences leave on minds, bodies, psyches, and spirits both of those who have survived and the many others who have not. I fully credit the work of many unknown and known courageous racially/ethnically diverse women who began the second wave of this movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s for their tireless organizing and activist efforts in placing ending violence against women and children at the forefront of local, state, and national agendas. Even with the tremendous progress and inroads made, the racist and sexist stereotype that Black women and girls are incapable of being raped or otherwise physically or sexually assaulted still prevails.
These alleged spiritual ‘truths’ make it far more difficult for victimized women, old and young, to seek freedom from intimate partner bondage. Subscribing to these beliefs also increases greatly the risk of female victims-survivors facing more abuse or even death.
Restorative justice is a community-based approach to justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. It departs from the contemporary criminal justice system in several ways.
These online exclusives are freely accessible articles that are part of an ongoing special series associated with Tikkun’s Winter 2016 print issue, Intimate Violence, Societal Violence. An Invitation to Community: Restorative Justice Circles for Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate Partner Violence and Intimate Partner Justice: How Spiritual Teachings Impact Both
REV. AL MILES
AfroLezfemcentric Perspectives on Coloring Gender and Queering Race
AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS
Intersectionality and Intimate Partner Violence: Barriers Women Face
VENESSA GARCIA AND PATRICK McMANIMON
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