Why Leaning into Vulnerability can Foster Growth and Deepen Impact

Restorative justice (RJ) folks talk a lot about shame and vulnerability. Along with making us popular at parties (not), we’re believers in what a growing pool of research is pointing to. Vulnerability has the transformative power to unlock resilience and growth amidst failure and shame. I can personally attest to this. In fact, I can […]

3 Ways Organizations React to the Challenge of Restorative Justice

Reimagining justice and relationships within organizations requires a change process. Accordingly, as we find ourselves in conversations with our clients and partners about justice, we’re also involved in a parallel conversation about organizational change. There is a lot to be learned about organizational change, and the inevitable resistance to it, with plenty of valuable information […]

Establishing Community-System Partnerships

Across North America, there has been a recent and significant push to expand access to restorative justice processes for justice system-involved community members. In Oregon, the aim has been to provide true diversion (limited system involvement and community-based) for more serious and violent crimes. This expansion has also cultivated a push for stronger and more […]

Healing from the Polarization Pandemic

Just about everyone I talk to these days agrees on one thing: our communities and societies have never felt more divided. Whether it’s Democrats vs. Republicans, Liberals vs. Conservatives, people for and against vaccine mandates, opposing camps on racial justice or immigration policies, factions within religious and spiritual communities, or the debate on international responses […]

Welcome to the New Just Outcomes Website!

The Just Outcomes Team is excited to announce that our new website is officially live! Check the site out to learn more about the amazing individuals on our team, incredible client partnerships, and explore the ways in which we have evolved since our start in 2014! To explore who we are and where we have […]

Cutting Edge Developments in Restorative Justice in Vancouver BC

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 […]

Bullying and Building a Restorative Culture

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 […]

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

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 […]

Just Outcomes Newsletter

We are pleased to provide this newsletter, detailing some of the exciting projects we’ve contributed to in the last year, and a glimpse of what is to come for Just Outcomes in 2020.

Restorative Justice and Sexualized Violence – New Conversations Emerging

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 […]

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