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Research

The area of restorative justice and the damage that sexual abuse in childhood causes to people throughout their lives have been well studied. Below are links to some studies which have been done to date.

Featured research

K.Gibson, M.Morgan, C.Woolley and T. Powis, Massey University

A 2010 retrospective study commissioned by the NZ Community Growth Trust. 29 participants were interviewed anonymously by researchers about their experiences as children at Centrepoint.

Published Documents

A Different Kind of Family: Retrospective accounts of growing up at Centrepoint and implications for adulthood

This full (261 pages) report of the 2010 retrospective study by psychologists at Massey University showed that the experience of living at Centrepoint for many children had adverse consequences for adulthood.

A Different Kind of Family: Retrospective accounts of growing up at Centrepoint and implications for adulthood

This executive summary (12 pages) of the 2010 retrospective study by psychologists at Massey University showed that the experience of living at Centrepoint for many children had adverse consequences for adulthood.

Life after Centrepoint; accounts of adult adjustment after childhood spent at an experimental community

This 2011 journal article summarises the findings of the 2010 Massey University study and the impacts of living at Centrepoint for children now living as adults.

The Case for an Alternative Justice Mechanism

This article explores the following questions and issues. What are the justice needs of victims? Are victims justice needs currently being met within New Zealand's existing criminal justice system? What is the role of victims in the criminal justice system?

An exploratory study of restorative justice and sexual violence

This 2010 study aimed to explore the workings of restorative justice and describe the effectiveness in Project Restore's work within the lives of victims in the criminal justice system in NZ.

Postcult recovery clients: An examination of the dynamics of exploitative persuasion and counselling needs

This research 2000 article by Barri Leslie article reviews the disempowerment of cult ex-members and looks at the evidence base for meeting these special psychological needs.

Restorative Justice in Aotearoa: Improving our response to sexual violence

A discussion of the legal issues, and international evidence to support a change to the justice system to enable better support for victims of sexual crimes, using a restorative justice model.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

HELEN KELLER

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