Although never easy, restorative justice, according to many criminal justice experts, is increasingly becoming an effective way for crime victims to begin the painful healing process. Restorative justice brings together victims, offenders and community members to address the impact of crime while developing solutions for lowering crime statistics.
Dominic Barter, a champion of victim-centered and victim-initiated restorative justice, poses these questions: “What happens when I walk toward conflict, rather than away from it? Could it be that conflict becomes violent when we attempt to suppress it and that moving toward it might actually increase safety?”
Barter will present “Walking Toward Conflict” 7–8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Hall, room 1400. Attendees should park in J Lot. The free talk is sponsored by RIT’s Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts.
Barter, originally from Rio de Janeiro, has studied the interface between societal and personal change and the role of conflict since the 1980s. Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant and training program director for the Brazilian Restorative Justice pilot project, a collaboration among the United Nations Development Program, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Special Secretariat for Human Rights.
Barter has focused his research on developing models and training programs for criminal justice practitioners to address youth crime and its consequences, and he supervises implementation with judges, school administrators, social service professionals, youth and community leaders and police agencies around the world. In addition, he coordinates the Restorative Justice Project for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.
For more information on Barter’s work, go to www.restorativecircles.org. For more information about his presentation at RIT, call 585-475-2432.