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What is Restorative/
Transformative Justice?


Restorative Justice Dialogue is an approach to harm that centers the victim's experience and focuses on repairing the harm rather than simply punishment for breaking rules or laws. It combines accountability for the perpetrator (reparations, such as financial compensation, physical repair, and/or a public apology) and an attempt to repair the damaged relationship between the perpetrator and victim(s)/victims' families, led by a trained facilitator. These practices originated from indigenous communities around the globe as a means of recognizing harm and re-enforcing the worth and value of all members of society. 

With a restorative justice process, success is measured not by how much punishment is given, but by how much harm has been repaired or prevented. Restorative justice offers a multitude of benefits, from the empowerment of individuals to cost savings for communities.

Benefits to the community

  • Reduced recidivism.

  • Cost effectiveness. 

  • A stronger community. 

Benefits to victims

  • Empowerment. 

  • Meaningful dialogue.

  • Recovery and satisfaction. 

Benefits to those who offend

  • An opportunity to make it right. 

  • A way to put the incident behind them. 

  • A timely resolution. 

  • A high success rate. 

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CycleS Of Violence

Harm begins with a perceived or real unmet need of the person who caused harm.  Our process surfaces the unmet needs of both parties so that the harm can be better understood to increase the likelihood that the harm will never happen again to the victim or anyone else.  This process works with all types of harm.

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Breaking The Cycle of Harm

Breaking the cycle of harm begins with a simple yet profound shift in mindset:

No one is or ought to be solely defined

by the worst thing that has ever happened to them

or by the worst thing that they have ever done.

We are more than our trauma.

We are more than the harm we have caused. 

With support, We can maintain healthy boundaries, hold one another accountable and heal. 

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