Restorative Justice is an approach to conflict resolution that focuses on the needs of “victims” and “offenders”, bringing them together to seek accountability and solutions to repair the harm that’s been done.
The principles of restorative justice are woven into several aspects of Shift’s programming. We have also made it a more specific offering by partnering with Hoop Community Circles to facilitate Justice Circles.
What happens in a Justice Circle?
Circles bring those who have been impacted by a particular breakdown together. Through empathetic listening and power sharing, they explore:
- What harm was been done?
- What were the unmet needs behind the behaviors?
- How can these needs be met in the future in a more healthy way?
- What remedies can repair the harm that’s been done to all parties – including the “offender”?
Who Can Participate
Anyone. Justice Circles can be used in situations as formal as the legal system or as personal as a family. We have conducted Circles in school settings where conflicts between students and teachers have arisen.
Make a Referral
If you know of a situation that could benefit from this approach, please give us a call at 406-222-7879 to learn more.