Mediation and wife abuse: A review of the literature


  • Linda Perry

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    • Linda Perry has been a volunteer mediator for Mediation Services, a community-based mediation program in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, since 1988. She has a M.A. in sociology and is currently completing a M.S.W. at the University of Manitoba.


Whether mediation should be used in cases of wife abuse is a hotly debated issue. This article reviews the concerns of those opposed to the use of mediation in such cases and outlines models of mediation, including screening procedures and special techniques, used by mediators to address the dynamics of violence. This article also critically reviews the empirical research. The argument is made that wife abuse cases differ, and that these differences can influence the effectiveness of an intervention. It is further argued that mediation is a viable option for at least some cases involving wife abuse.