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Restorative Justice

Office of Victim Advocate

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime and conflict which focuses on identifying and repairing the harm caused to the victims/survivors of crime.

A restorative justice approach focuses on:

  • 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
  • restorative justice programs are voluntary and emphasize the value of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, accountability, and responsibility. 


To read more about restorative justice:

  • 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.


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