- Showing 10 posts published between May 01, 2009 and May 31, 2009 [Show all]
Do you care about accreditation in restorative practice?
From Restorative Justice Consortium: The Restorative Justice Consortium, in conjunction with the independent consultancy JPA Europe Limited, is undertaking a project to map out a ‘blueprint’ for accreditation in restorative practice.
Witness Justice: help and healing for victims of violence
From their website: One of the more promising trends in crime victim services has been the advent of "restorative justice," an adjunct to traditional justice systems that can offer a more inclusive and personal approach to addressing trauma and violent victimization.
Sexual Violence Research Initiative's restorative justice page
From the Initiative's website: Across the world, only a tiny proportion of survivors/victims of sexual violence ever see their rapist punished. There is increasing awareness that the requirements of legal proceedings are often in conflict with the needs of sexual violence survivors/victims. Experiences of the adversarial court processes post-sexual violence are often traumatic, requiring the survivor/victim to confront their assailant, to defend their case and re-live the experience.
Dan Van Ness: Indigenous dispute resolution and restorative justice
It is common to link restorative justice and customary principles and traditional practices of justice. The argument is that the underlying beliefs of customary justice are that justice should repair harm and that the parties themselves should participate in deciding how that is done. These are principles shared by restorative justice. However, there is a dark side to this relationship.
Mediation and conferencing in child protection disputes: special issue of Family Court Review
In 1997, Family Court Review published the first special volume focused on child welfare mediation. At the time it was a relatively new field gaining ground in a number of states and provinces. Since then mediation and other alternatives to traditional and adversarial child welfare proceedings have been emerging and evolving across the United States, Canada, and the world. In this follow-up to the first special volume, the articles trace the history of the development of mediation and family group decision-making programs in the child welfare arena.
New DVD "The Healing Circle" addresses clergy sexual abuse
From the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative (MULS RJI). MULS RJI has released a restorative justice clergy abuse documentary called "The Healing Circle." Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor of Law Janine P. Geske narrates the film, which brings the viewer into a circle focusing on the ripple effect of harm because of the abuse scandal.
Lisa Rea: Speaking about victims-driven restorative justice at a California prison during Victim Awareness Week
You always learn something when you speak on restorative justice at a prison. This experience was no different. During the week in California called “Victims Awareness Week” I was invited to speak in prison on restorative justice. I brought Cheryl Ward-Kaiser, victim of violent crime and a champion in California for victims-driven restorative justice since the 1990’s. We were a tag team that day which made our presentation all the more powerful. Although the events planned for the week were to teach about victim awareness, few victims of crime were coming to the prison.
Rethinking US prison policy: I
Part of an ongoing series of news and articles about a potentially significant revision of US prison policy. This one is from the New Mexico Independent: "Prison reform back on Richardson’s agenda"
Martin Wright: Review of Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home
In 1988 a young woman named Molly Baldwin started working with young people in deprived suburbs of Boston, MA, including many immigrants from the world’s trouble spots. Her programme, Roca (Spanish for ‘Rock’), developed into a place where young people could relate to adults, who support them and help to meet their needs. Seven years ago, Roca adopted the Indigenous practice of holding Circles, in which each person only speaks, in turn, when holding the ‘talking piece’.
Lisa Rea: Justice, forgiveness and victims of crime
I cannot think of a more explosive topic of discussion inside the victims of crime community than that of forgiveness. Working with victims of crime particularly in the U.S. has been a wonderful experience for me; however, it is also very tough work. Maybe it's tough because the words we use often can have different meanings to different people. I have learned this particularly true of forgiveness.