What is
Restorative
Justice

Crime is not simply lawbreaking; it causes harm. Restorative Justice is about addressing those harms and healing

A different way of responding to conflict and crime

All parties are given the opportunity to discuss what happened, the impacts and what is required to move forward.

Those who harm are invited to take responsibility and make amends.

Those who are harmed are supported in their healing.

Processes

Various restorative processes have been developed such as peacemaking circles, conferencing, mediation and tribunals.

Successfully Used

Restorative justice is successfully used with youth and adults, and for all kinds of situations, from minor acts to serious violence. It is being implemented in schools, communities, workplaces and justice systems.

Meet the Needs

We aim to meet the needs of victims, offenders, families and to build communities, in a way that upholds the human rights of all.

Evidence

Overall, evidence shows that victims are more satisfied, re-offending is reduced, restitution is more likely fulfilled and it is more cost effective.

Global Movement

There is a growing global movement toward restorative justice. The United Nations has endorsed it.

More Information

Realizing the Potential of Restorative Justice” by Evelyn Zellerer published in “Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy”, editors Theo Gavrielides and Vasso Artinopoulou, Ashgate Publishing.

Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All), a UK-based international RJ institute.
We are proud to be an Associate, representing Canada.

The Centre for Justice & Reconciliation offers an extensive library.

Peace of the Circle aligns with the principles and values of restorative justice, including:

Inclusive
Respectful

Collaborative
Participatory

Holistic
Healing