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CHASP Colloquia Series: Restorative Justice: A Path to Healing, Accountability and Safety

Event Details

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

RSVP: or 232-3423

Restorative Justice is a victim-centered response to crime or wrongdoing that gives the individuals most directly affected by the act the opportunity to be directly involved in responding to the harm that was caused.

In just a few decades, restorative justice has grown into a social reform movement and set of practices that seeks to redirect society's retributive response to wrongdoing. Restorative Justice: A Path to Healing, Accountability and Safety will address the fast rise in the development of this approach, what research shows about restorative justice practices, policy implications arising from this shift, and how restorative justice is applied to an increasing number of social concerns including juvenile justice, school misconduct, family violence, crime, and interethnic conflict.

Marilyn Armour

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D. LICSW, is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Director of The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue. As teacher, researcher, and practitioner, Dr. Armour is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and three books: At Personal Risk: Boundary Violations in Professional-Client Relationships, Educating for Cultural Competence (with Bonnie Bain and Ruth Rubio) and, most recently, Restorative Justice Dialogue (with Mark Umbreit) which is considered "the equivalent of a state-of-the-union address for the restorative justice movement."

Dr. Armour's research focuses on the effectiveness of restorative justice initiatives. She has examined the impact of Bridges to Life on re-entry as well as Victim Offender Mediated Dialogue in crimes of severe violence. She also studies family members of homicide victims including domestic fatalities. Her current work compares the post homicide experience of survivors in Texas (death penalty) and Minnesota (Life Without the Possibility of Parole). As a restorative justice practitioner and scholar, Dr. Armour promotes building mindsets that embrace restorative justice principles and the building of community through restorative solutions to harm. The Institute she directs is home to Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach, an innovative program funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Soros Open Society that seeks to give crime victims access to the defense. A current DVD titled Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach: Creating Options for Crime Victims is available on the Institute's website as well as through YouTube.

Stephanie Frogge

Stephanie Frogge, MTS, is the assistant director of the Institute for Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. Among other projects she coordinates Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) efforts throughout the state.

Ms. Frogge has over thirty years' experience in the area of trauma response, victim services administration, victim assistance and activism, writing and speaking extensively on victim assistance and trauma issues. She is the former National Director of Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving's National office overseeing MADD's internationally recognized victim services programs. She also served two years as the Director of Peer Support Services for TAPS — Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a Washington, DC based national organization serving those whose loved ones have died while serving in the military.

She has presented hundreds of workshops, lectures and keynote presentations around the United States. Ms. Frogge has been involved for a number of years with State and National Victim Assistance Academies funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and serves as an OVC TTAC consultant.

Ms. Frogge serves on the board of the American Society of Victimology and on the board of the Texas Victim Services Association. She is an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at UT-Austin and formerly at Sam Houston State University in the College of Criminal Justice, where she has taught courses on social work in communities, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, victimology, victim services delivery, domestic violence and criminology. While at Sam Houston she participated in the development of the University's degree program in Victim Studies - the only one of its kind in the United States. She also assisted with the development of the National Institute for Victim Studies, the first-ever collaboration between a national victims' rights organization (MADD) and an academic institution, to study and promote victim-related issues and scholarship.

Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and a master's in Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School. She is also a trained mediator.

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