Retribution or restoration? Anglo-Australian's views towards domestic violence involving Muslim and Anglo-Australian victims and offenders

Krista De Castella, M Platow, Michael Wenzel, Tyler Okimoto, Norman Feather

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    Abstract

    The current study explored how gender, group membership and different emotional reactions to the crime of domestic violence predict attitudes and endorsement of restorative or retributive justice practices. The experiment consisted of a 2 (victim group membership: Muslim- or Anglo-Australian) × 2 (offender group membership: Muslim- or Anglo-Australian) × 2 (Sex of participant) between-participants factorial design. Anglo-Australian participants (43 men; 50 women) were randomly assigned to one of the four manipulated conditions, and completed an online questionnaire that involved viewing a short video clip of a woman describing her experience as a domestic violence victim. Results revealed strong preferences for restorative justice in dealing with domestic violence, with women supporting this practice more than men. The crime was perceived as most severe and retribution was endorsed most strongly when the victim was Anglo-Australian (i.e. an in-group member). Intra-group violence was also perceived to be a greater breach of shared Australian values than inter-group (i.e. cross-cultural) domestic violence. Emotional reactions further predicted participants' responses, with hatred predicting stronger support of retributive ideals and sympathy for the victim predicting greater endorsement of restoration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-420
    Number of pages18
    JournalPsychology Crime and Law
    Volume17
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • Ethnicity
    • Family violence
    • Justice experience
    • Stereotypes
    • Violence against women

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