|Purpose: ||This 36-month project will address systemic issues faced by women victims of violence when accessing the justice system across Nova Scotia. The project will empower women, both within and outside of the justice system, to have greater influence in changing how the provincial criminal justice system treats women in cases of gender based (domestic, intimate partner, sexualized) violence. The project will engage with a wide array of stakeholders, decision makers, and key informants to identify barriers to womens access to the justice system. A critical analysis of the issues and barriers will be completed and used to identify leverage points for change, and to develop and implement a strategic action plan. The action plan will seek to integrate a restorative lens that honours womens needs, while acting to influence policy and practice through the implementation of systemic solutions.