IARS Press Release: New Pan European Project launch - Domestic Violence under the lens of Restorative Justice
The Dutch Verwey-Jonker Institute in partnership with IARS and 5 other European Organizations will come together on the 3rd- 4th March in Utrecht, the Netherlands for the launch of the 2-year EU funded project entitled “Restorative justice in cases of domestic violence: Best practice examples between increasing mutual understanding and awareness of specific protection needs”.
Research in itself is not a charitable object. Research that can enhance the quality of life and indeed bring balance to distorted power structures within our society is a worthwhile and much needed charitable activity. Our Impact Report 2013 just released bears evidence to this.
On Monday February 24th, IARS held its long anticipated training on Gender Sensitivity in the Asylum Process at the leading human rights barristers’ premises, Matrix Chambers. Refugee and asylum-seeking women, who were trained as community researchers and supported by IARS, launched their awareness raising programme for professionals and services providers.
At IARS, we have a strong focus on youth inclusion, and coordinate a range of youth-led projects to ensure young people’s views and the organisations that support them are heard at a policy level. As part of London Youth Now, IARS hosts the Policy Response Group which considers issues affecting young people for example hate crime, youth violence, police powers, youth unemployment and access to education.
IARS celebrates youth and the successful completion of the 3 year Youth in Action Programme with a special edition of its peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal dedicated to promote youth participation and social inclusion in Europe.
Today, new data are released on the views of victims on restorative justice. The research is part of the European Commission funded project "Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals" (RJE) run by the user-led, international think-tank, IARS, and delivered in partnership with other EU countries.
Plans to cut legal aid for solicitors’ services will further undermine the current difficulties in accessing legal aid for the refugee and asylum seeking community. These complications in accessing legal services have been highlighted by IARS’ current user-led research, and have been carried out by refugee and asylum-seeking women who use their own experiences to build this research.
IARS is pleased to announce the publication of "Mind the Gap: Quality without Equality in Transforming Rehabilitation" a peer reviewed paper in the Special Edition of the British Journal of Community Justice. The paper presents findings from IARS' recent research and evaluation of the services provided by the London Probation Trust, making evidence-based recommendations for the Government's Transforming Rehabilitation programme.