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Restorative Groups

Restorative Processes is a practice derived from a theory called Restorative Justice. Restorative justice emphasizes the importance of both individual and collective accountability. It emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime and conflict. It places decisions in the hands of those who have been most affected by wrongdoing, and gives equal concern to the victim, the offender, and the surrounding community. 


Restorative processes are designed to work with youth, families and the communities in which they live. The ultimate goal is to bring individuals in conflict together with the purpose to facilitate productive communication, acknowledgement of wrong-doing, understanding and healing. Individuals are responsible for choices they make, resulting in harm to others, but collectives at the neighborhood, city, county, state and national level are responsible for social conditions which increases offensive acts. Conflict generates opportunities to build community and increase family cooperation and cohesiveness. 


Below are several types of Restorative processes that can be used to bring individuals, families and communities together. 


1. Peacebuilding - encompasses individuals and community agencies who come together to end violence and create structures thatt contribute to a just and sustainable peace. 

2.  Restorative Circles - can be used for discussion, problem solving, and/or decision making. The basic purpose of restorative conversations is to create a safe, non-judgmental place where each participant has the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of difficult and/or important issues.

3. Dialogue Process - Provides an inspirational model for how members of a family can introduce and work through difficult conversations.  Can also be used with community businesses, organizations,  can harness its diversity for change.

4. Restorative Discipline for Schools - the goal is to teach responsibility, self regulation and creating a caring culture. 

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