Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine

Second Advisor

Adrienne Saxton


Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (WAFWC) wanted to create a survivor-driven transformative justice program for survivors of domestic violence and the people who caused them harm. The program needed to be customizable enough to suit the specific needs and individual safety considerations of the participants, but also needed enough structure that it could be reproducible from case to case. In order to design a program that was based on these ideas and able to be used in the context of a non-profit organization, WAFWC researched ways other communities had been using transformative justice and community accountability to address issues other than domestic violence. With this research and the agency’s foundational understanding of domestic violence dynamics, they created, in collaboration with the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) of Santa Cruz, The Transformative Justice Project. The project seeks to act as a way for couples with a history of domestic violence to meet their individual and joint goals safely and without the involvement of law enforcement. The program has not yet entered it’s pilot phase and is still being evaluated and adjusted with the utmost consideration for survivor well-being, harm reduction and trauma informed service.