Keynote Address – Tod Augusta-Scott-Responsibility, Masculinity, Trauma: A restorative approach to men who perpetrate IPV
This workshop will illustrate a restorative, narrative approach to working with intimate partner violence. The emphasis of the work is to create a repair plan that can restore safety and respect to the person who was harmed. The process of creating a repair plan is attentive to issues of safety and power, consulting the victim about what they want, and holding those who did the harm responsible to repair it. This process seeks to repair harm without creating more harm. The process of creating and completing a repair plan often does not involve the parties meeting face to face. The repair plan includes: acknowledging the abuse; having a plan for stopping the abuse; acknowledging the effects of the abuse; having a plan to repair the effects and an accountability plan. Toward this end, the process uses narrative conversations to engage men who have perpetrated abuse. This process focuses on identity, masculinity and the negative effects of trauma on men’s choices to abuse.