Restorative Practices

Most Restorative Justice processes engage with the community of key people affected by an incident which has caused harm. Wrongdoers, victims and their respective supporters participate in a range of processes which involve dialogue between parties that agree to come together for this purpose. The focus of this dialogue is to understand the harm, to find ways to  repair harm, to seek solutions,  and to re-establish and heal relationships. 

It aims to repair wrongs, and seeks to restore both wrongdoers and victims and their respective communities. It gives all parties a voice so that they can be heard and understood. It aims to build stronger, safer, more inclusive, caring communities by empowering all stakeholders in finding solutions to difficulties and problems.

To find out more about the range of restorative processes/models and their effectiveness (including current evaluations and research), follow these links:

www.restorativejustice.org
www.sfu.ca/crj
www.beyondintractability.org/essay/restorative_justice/
www.restorativejustice.org.uk
www.iirp.org
www.yjb.gov.uk/en-gb/practitioners/Workingwithvictims/Restorativejustice/
www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/rjp/

Pamela MacKay