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Restorative justice in schools: an exploratory conversation about application to dating abuse

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The Partnership’s Prevention Peer Network Web Conference on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:30-3:00 PM will explore restorative justice in schools.

To prevent dating abuse and support young people in having healthy, nonviolent relationships, families and communities need ways to stop abusive behaviors and decrease the likelihood of future perpetration. 

Restorative Justice (RJ) invites a fundamental shift in responses to wrongdoing from punitive approaches that inflict more harm to restorative approaches that repair it. Some schools throughout California are practicing restorative responses to harm that actively engage youth, their victims, and their families, schools, and communities in a shared search for ways to repair it and prevent its recurrence.

But what about harm perpetrated in a dating relationship? Are there some cases in which RJ practices would be beneficial for addressing dating abuse? Are there some cases in which RJ practices would be harmful or dangerous for addressing dating abuse?

During this web conference, we will:

  1. Learn the basic principles and practices of Restorative Justice (RJ) with youth.
  2. Learn how some communities are beginning to practice RJ in schools.
  3. Explore the potential application of RJ to dating abuse in schools, including potential benefits, challenges and concerns.

After the web conference, we will assess the level of interest in future discussions and a potential work group to draft recommendations for the application of RJ for dating abuse in schools.  

Our facilitators will be: 

  • Denise Curtis, Program Manager, Restorative Community Conferencing, Community Works West
  • Christie Haynes, Director of Prevention Education, Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Emily Austin, Director of Prevention and Policy, Peace Over Violence

This web conference is the first in our Prevention Innovations Track. Prevention Innovation web conferences offer prevention advocates the opportunity to anticipate and respond to shifts in our landscape, and explore innovations that have the potential to significantly advance our work. During these web conferences, we survey the landscape on a topic, and explore critical questions and potential next steps.

Prevention Peer Network Web Conferences are an interactive opportunity for knowledge sharing and network building among domestic violence (DV) and teen dating violence (TDV) prevention advocates and educators across California. Web conferences use Power Point slides (viewed on your computer using an Internet connection), text chats, and a teleconference line to offer participants multiple ways to share and learn together. Prevention Peer Network Web Conferences are offered as a free benefit for members of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. Through web conferences and other activities, we are nurturing a vibrant and diverse prevention peer network in California.

Here’s what a recent participant had to say:

“Thank you all for the opportunity to connect with wonderful thought leaders in California.”

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM PDT.

Where: Web conference log-in and call-in information will be provided when you register.

Register: here. 


Mica, H, Achilles, M, Halbert, E, Stutzman Amstutz, L and Zehr, H. (2002.) Taking victims and their advocates seriously: a listening project. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee Office on Crime and Justice

Ptacek, J and Frederick, L. (2008.) Restorative justice and intimate partner violence. Harrisburg, PA: National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

Learn more about our Prevention Peer Network Web Conferences on our web page or contact Alicia Stonebreaker at alicia [at] or 916-444-7163 x105.