IARS and Khulisa UK are delighted to announce the 3rd Annual Restorative Justice Expert Seminar that will be taking place on Monday 28 September 2015 (14:30 – 17:00) at 5-7 Wells Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JU. This year, the seminar will focus on domestic violence. It will be chaired by Professor Theo Gavrielides. Speakers include Julia Houlston Clark, Chief Executive of Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, Jude Watson, Violence against Women and Girls Strategy Manager, Operations Directorate, Crown Prosecution Service and Simon Fullford, Chief Executive of Khulisa. The agenda can be accessed from here. 

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together key stakeholders and experts in order to pilot the forthcoming Best Practice Guide: Restorative Justice & Domestic Violence. A lucky winner will receive 6 month FREE IARS membership.

The seminar and the Guide form part of IARS’ 2 year EU funded programme  Restorative Justice in cases of domestic violence: Best practice examples between increasing mutual understanding and awareness of specific protection needs. Recent findings, as published in "Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: A Critical Review" detail current trends, threads and opportunities in the area of domestic violence and restorative justice with particular emphasis on funding and training.

The European-wide project aims to generate and pilot knowledge on practices of restorative justice in the context of domestic violence, and to identify criteria for offering restorative approaches to such cases, in accordance with the EC Victims' Directive. In order to build a stronger evidence base to inform policy development and practice at national and European levels, the project partners carried out research with victims and offenders of domestic violence as well as restorative justice and criminal justice practitioners. IARS’ UK focused research can be accessed via this link

Experts are now invited to give feedback on the draft Guide that has been prepared after consultations with affected parties and professionals from across Europe. This EU funded publication aims to guide best practice when implementing restorative justice for domestic violence, ensuring that the rights of the victim are protected as per the Victims’ Directive. Opportunities for collaboration will be discussed with view to setting up a network of practitioners in order to increase mutual understanding between different judicial systems and restorative justice practices in European member states. 

The expert seminar will also update participants on the key findings of the project as well as the implications of the EC Directive on the Minimum Standards of Victims. Opportunities for collaboration will also be discussed. This is also an opportunity for key individuals and organisations to network and discuss joint funding ventures.

These are close seminars that are provided for free to IARS members and partners only. Certification is also provided by the Institute. To express an interest in attending the seminar please email contact@iars.org.uk by Tuesday 22nd September. If you are not an IARS member and you wish to join you can do this online via this link

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The programme and seminar are funded by the EC under the JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4587 grant agreement