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September 2003 Edition

A Healing Approach to Elder Abuse

The Restorative Justice Approaches to Elder Abuse Project is a collaborative of seven community agencies in the Waterloo region of Ontario. In 2000, the Project began a three year effort to design, implement and evaluate a restorative process to be used in cases of elder abuse. Arlene Groh, the project coordinator, describes the work of the Restorative Justice Approaches to Elder Abuse Project in this article.


Dr. Howard Zehr Presented the 2003 International Prize for Restorative Justice

Dr. Howard Zehr has been awarded the 2003 International Prize for Restorative Justice by the PFI Centre for Justice and Reconciliation. The cash prize was presented in recognition of his significant contributions to the implementation of restorative justice worldwide.


The Jeanette Community Justice Project.

The Jeanette Community Justice Project grew out of a decision by the Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Balanced and Restorative Justice Team’s Public Relations Sub-Committee to implement the philosophy of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) in a single community. Marjorie Bing Stanislaw, the committee chairperson, provides this description of their efforts.


Applying Restorative Justice to Domestic Violence: Web Resources

With the growing interest in restorative justice by governments and communities, several questions about appropriateness arise. One area often questioned is the use of restorative processes in cases of domestic violence. Many advocates for victims of domestic violence argue that criminalization of domestic violence was important in changing societal views towards violence in relationships. They fear that the use of restorative practices will return domestic violence to the private sphere and continued victimization. Proponents of restorative justice, on the other hand, hold out the possibilities of restorative processes in changing behavior of offenders and empowering victims. The listing below offers on-line resources that address the many issues in the debate around the use of restorative justice in cases of domestic violence.


Book Review: A Restorative Justice Reader: Texts, Sources, and Context.

According to Gerry Johnstone, the international scope of the restorative justice movement and the diverse ideas and practices characterizing the movement create difficulties for individuals attempting to understand it. Since restorative justice is not a set of practices that grew out of single coherent theory but a paradigm of justice that grew out of practical experimentation with the theory growing as the practice grew, the underlying values and ideas are often hard to capture from the wide variety of material available. Johnstone states that "it is possible to read repetitive materials on a few aspects of restorative justice while never learning of other aspects." For this reason, he has worked to pull together a wide range of readings covering the restorative justice history and developments, theory and values, process and practices, and critical issues in a single volume, A Restorative Justice Reader: Texts, Sources, Contexts.


Website of the Month: INCORE.

INCORE (International Conflict Research) is dedicated to multi-disciplinary, comparative, and international research involving conflict issues, issues of governance and diversity, and research methodology in violent societies. This research and policy work provides useful information for the resolution of ethnic, political and religious conflicts. INCORE’s research informs and influences conflict organizations nationally and worldwide. The website offers many valuable features for those interested in conflict resolution.


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