IARS is pleased to announce that its Founder & Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (SFU), School of Criminology. IARS has worked closely with SFU and in particular the Centre for Restorative Justice directed by Professor Brenda Morrison.
Restorative justice happens almost all of the time, but we may not always realise it. In Dr Gavrielides' words, it is "an ethos with practical goals, among which is to restore harm by including affected parties in a (direct or indirect) encounter and a process of understanding through voluntary and honest dialogue".
Many victims of crime get to see justice being handed down in the courts, but it’s not always enough to help them move on with their lives.
Fieldwork for the Refugee Women's Action Research Group project has begun, with a particular focus on the provision of health and legal services for refugee and asylum-seeking women.
This year, I was fortunate enough to spend restorative justice week in Canada. Initiated by the Correctional Service Canada (CSC), restorative justice week has been celebrated annually across Canada since 1996 and is now taking international dimensions. It is recognized every third week of November to celebrate restorative justice practitioners and volunteers especially those working in the community.
November 18th to 25th is International Restorative Justice Week 2012, with related events happening all over the world.
As part of their commitment to reduce violence, help heal communities and provide services that stop people from committing further offences, the Greater Manchester Probation Trust (GMPT) wants to develop a strategy for the use of restorative justice with serious youth violence, street group violence (e.g. riots) and gang related crime.
The probation service in England and Wales as well as the criminal justice system in Britain are going through some fundamental reforms. At this critical point in time issues around race, disproportionality and the quality of criminal justice services that are being provided to minority groups need to be looked at.