When: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 12-1:30pm ET

Guest: Joan Pennell, Donna Coker, Mimi Kim

Host: DeMointé Wesley


When violence occurs in the family, will bringing together those who have been harmed, those who have caused harm, and their respective supporters do more harm? Common responses to this question often reveal a deep-seated distrust of families and their cultural networks. This distrust reinforces carceral interventions that have a disproportionate impact on racialized and low-wealth communities. In her recently published book, A Restorative Approach to Family Violence: Feminist Kin-Making (Routledge, 2023), Joan Pennell sets forth a theory of feminist kin-making to explain why family-centered restorative approaches are well suited to addressing gendered and intergenerational harm. Donna Coker and Mimi Kim reflect on feminist kin-making in the context of their own work: Donna on liberatory practices and Mimi on transformative justice.


Guest Bios:

Maisha Winn

Joan Pennell is Professor Emerita of Social Work at North Carolina State University and was the Founding Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement. She has conducted research on restorative justice, family violence, child welfare, and fathering. She has a long-term commitment to social movements for gender, racial, Indigenous, economic, and environmental justice. jpennell@ncsu.edu

Maisha Winn

Donna Coker is Professor of Law at University of Miami. Her research concerns the connection between economic vulnerability and IPV; restorative justice responses to IPV and sexual harm; and the intersections of gender and race subordination in criminal law doctrine, policy, and application.

Maisha Winn

Mimi Kim is Associate Professor of Social Work at California State University at Long Beach and the editor-in-chief of Affilia. She is a long-time anti-domestic violence advocate in Asian immigrant and refugee communities and remains active in the promotion of community organizing, community accountability, and transformative justice approaches to violence intervention and prevention.