Ground-Breaking Roundtable on Restorative Justice and Gender-Based Violence in BC

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We are thrilled to announce that the results of our project “Restorative Justice and Gender-Based Violence: Revisiting the Conversation in British Columbia” are now available!

Just Outcomes was privileged to partner with the Ending Violence Association of BC to design, coordinate and facilitate a round table of restorative justice, gender-based violence, and Indigenous and immigrant leaders from across the province, along with two subject matter experts from outside BC. Funded by Justice Canada’s Policy Centre for Victims’ Issues, this influential group of leaders ...

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Cutting Edge Developments in Restorative Justice in Vancouver, BC

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We are so happy to share an article that highlights Catherine Bargen and Aaron Lyons’ work in partnership with Peace of the Circle! Together the team has been exploring the benefits and strengths of  restorative justice, and are looking ahead to how it can influence, inform, and complement Vancouver’s justice system. This article speaks to the history, vision, and promise of the Building Partnerships for Restorative Justice in Vancouver initiative. In alignment with restorative justice principles, the process brings ...

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Bullying and Building a Restorative Culture

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Whether in our roles as parents, co-workers, employees, or teachers, many of us are affected by bullying behavior. How do we, as bystanders and supporters, be of help in these situations – and might we set the conditions in motion that make bullying less likely in the first place?

Last week, I was at the playground supervising my daughter when a group of kids tumbled in front of me, two of them seeming to be taking down a third.  My initial ...

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Who’s Driving the RJ Bus? Race, Equity and Standards in Restorative Justice

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It’s uncomfortable talking about privilege, power, control and race within a movement dedicated to justice. We want to believe we’re doing good! But I am convinced that achieving the potential of our movement will start with some reckoning. I don’t have answers, but I hope the experiences shared here will provide some food for thought to others who share a commitment to restorative justice.

Let’s start the conversation here: for all its promise, restorative justice has – in the words of ...

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Restorative Justice and Sexualized Violence – New Conversations Emerging

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Last month, I attended the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia’s (EVA BC’s) annual forum, “Supporting Survivors Across the Years.” I have worked alongside the Victim Services sector for almost a decade, so there were many familiar faces. But the conversations have changed. When I introduce myself, saying, “Hi, I’m Catherine and a lot of my focus is on restorative justice,” I am no longer experiencing the faint scowl and slowly backing away (which certainly has been a justifiable ...

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Justice Reform and The Revival of Indigenous Justice in Canada and the United States

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Most people would agree that the criminal justice system needs to change in some way.  The restorative justice (RJ) movement offers an approach to justice reform for both youth and adults that values repair and relationship over punishment and isolation when dealing with the aftermath of crime, and research is showing its positive effects and support for this approach is growing.

Of course, the modern expression of restorative justice owes more than a debt of gratitude to Indigenous justice worldview ...

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Restorative Justice: a Framework for Juvenile Justice

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“Restorative justice is a response to a harmful incident that seeks the inclusion of all involved, in efforts to meaningfully address the harm and restore trust in relationships.” – Just Outcomes

There is a growing movement within the United States to establish an equitable and dignified criminal justice system that aligns with human needs and values. Restorative justice is a ...

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Restorative Justice vs. Conflict Resolution: Assessing for Intervention

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While “restorative justice” and “conflict resolution” both deal with issues of crisis in relationship, these disciplines differ somewhat in their basic assumptions, language, and goals. Discerning and choosing the discipline or “frame” best suited to the crisis at hand helps preserve the well-being of all parties, as well as societal and organizational ethics.

Definitions and Examples:

Conflict Resolution is a process to resolve “struggle[s] between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from others ...

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Five Ways to See Justice Flourish Over the Holidays and Into the New Year

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Looking forward to a little time to relax and unwind over the holidays?  Great!  Aren’t we all.  And the good news is that this “downtime” can also be a great time to take stock—not just about who’s been naughty and nice, but how YOU can put your best self forward, in your relationships and in the world, for the year ahead.  Because as we all know, when we put our best self forward, we help create a more peaceful, and ...

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