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Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime and conflict which focuses on identifying and repairing the harm caused to the victim(s) of crime. Restorative justice approaches 

  • reduce crime victims' traumatic stress symptoms
  • empower victims to voice their needs to repair the harm
  • provide a space for meaningful dialogue 
  • reduce recidivism 
  • build resilient communities with a higher level of safety and comfort

An overview of available programs & services is available here (pdf). Also available in Spanish (pdf). 

Read more about OVA's free Facilitating Juvenile Restorative Group Conferences training. Consider hosting a free workshop (pdf) in your community! 


Additional Resources

  • Howard Zehr's Restorative Justice (video)
  • Books:
    • Davis, F. 2019. Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice. New York: Good Books.
    • Valandra, E. & Hokšíla, W.W., Eds. 2020. Colorizing Restorative Justice. Minneapolis: Living Justice Press.
    • Yazzie, R. 1994. ‘Life comes from it’: Navajo justice concepts. New Mexico Law Review, 24, Spring 1994, 175-190.
    • Zehr, H. 2015. Little Book of Restorative Justice, Revised and Updated. New York: Good Books.