Following ground-breaking research and international recognition of the project;  Restorative Justice in cases of domestic violence: Best practice examples between increasing mutual understanding and awareness of specific protection needs, IARS is delighted to invite you to an evening of discussion and debate on Monday 1st June 2015 (18:00– 21:00) at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London, E14 8DS.

Forming part of the Re​storative Justice and Domestic Violence conference, this international reception will bring together over 60 international stakeholders and experts in discussing recent project findings, debate issues of safeguarding participants and share good practice. The evening will also give the attendees an opportunity to contribute to the project's forthcoming "EU Best Practice Guide: Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence Cases."



18:00 - 18:15: Registration and networking

18:15 - 18:30: Welcome by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director

18:30 - 19:00: Ellie Acton, National Policing Manager for Restorative Justice, Ministry of Justice

19:00 - 19:30: Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence in the UK, Brian Dowling, Restorative Justice expert and lead practitioner

19:30 - 20:00: Networking, drinks and canapes



Ellie Acton is seconded from Cheshire Police to the Ministry of Justice as the National Policing Manager. In Cheshire she held the portfolios for Integrated Offender Management, Drug Testing in Custody and Restorative Justice. In April 2013 she began her secondment with the MoJ working with Police and Crime Commissioners, Police Forces and others to promote Restorative Justice and assist with the provision and commissioning of restorative justice. She is a qualified practitioner and trainer in restorative justice techniques and has facilitated many conferences, mainly post sentence in custodial settings. Ellie still lives on the outskirts of Manchester and has seen more of the country in the past year than in the previous nearly four decades of her life!

Brian Dowling, a practicing restorative facilitator, is one of the primary specialists on youth crime, serious crime and restorative justice. He has retired from a 32-year career as Acting Chief Inspector with London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) involving many years of street work, training, planning and major incident scene management. Prior to retirement he was engaged in developing the MPS policy from New Scotland Yard on youth crime.  He also operationally managed a rigorous international research project to establish the effects of Restorative Justice Conferencing on serious crime in London.  This project produced the first evidence of a reduction in post traumatic stress for victims of crime as well as crime reduction and financial savings. 



Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come basis. Tickets are FREE for IARS members. As we are a charity, anyone who is not an IARS member is asked to donate through the Big Give. All proceeds will go to our charitable activities with marginalised communities including those who have been affected by domestic violence and violence. Minimum donation is £12, but guests are kindly encouraged to consider a higher donation.  Please do state your email address in order to receive your booking confirmation.

To book your place, please send a booking request to ​Please provide your membership number or make a donation in the name of yourself and other attendees who accompany you. Kindly note that organisational members will be given one free ticket–additional tickets should be secured with a donation. And keep in mind: spaces are subject to availability.

Publishers, individuals, and companies interested in having a stand at the event or sponsoring the lecture should get in touch with Dr. Theo Gavrielides at For multiple tickets or to purchase via an invoice or card, email or call +44 (0) 207064 4380. Donations are not refundable, and we regret that we are unable to offer free tickets except to IARS members.

We hope to see you there!