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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Child sexual abuse-Prevention, Sexually abused children-Rehabilitation, Sex offenders-Rehabilitation, Social justice, Child sexual abuse, Community accountability, Victims, Transformative justice, Trauma, Perpetrators, Restorative justice, Offenders, Intimate violence, Mandated reporting, Survivors, Alternative justice, Ecological, Bystanders, Community interventions


This study sought to explore direct service providers' perceptions of transformative justice (TJ) as an intervention in child sexual abuse (CSA). This qualitative, exploratory study explored how TJ informed direct service providers' work with people impacted by CSA (survivors, bystander, and offenders). Twelve direct service providers who had been trained in transformative justice participated in this study. Participants were interviewed for 50 minutes. The interviews were audio-taped and questions focused on the following topics: 1) What are direct service providers' perspectives about how transformative justice impacts their ability to work with offenders, bystanders and survivors? 2) What are direct service providers' perspectives about how TJ impacts how they understand CSA? 3) What are direct service providers' perspectives about how TJ differs from, impacts, or augments other theoretical frameworks that they use for intervention? Key findings were as follows: 1) Providers reported using an individualistic approach in their clinical work that divided the three populations and underutilized bystanders as sites of intervention; 2) Participants expressed discomfort about being a bridge between state institutions and clients and chose not to comply with mandated reporting; 3) TJ expands the options of response to CSA; 4) TJ brought together micro and macro perspectives that contextualized CSA.




iii, 82 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 70-74)