Restorative Justice Dialogue for Hate Crimes & Bias-Motivated Incidents
Restorative justice has been used successfully in a number of hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents. Because of its focus on community and community resources, it is in a unique place to advance healing not just for the immediate victim but for others from the same community who are indirectly targeted by the offender.
IRJRD encourages the use of restorative justice dialogue for bias-motivated violence and intimidation. It has provided consultation to the Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force through the following activities:
Restorative Justice Practices for Domestic Violence
Within the past decade, domestic violence practitioners, along with restorative justice researchers and practitioners, have begun to debate the merits of using restorative justice for domestic violence. Proponents encourage using restorative justice to address domestic violence, claiming it offers more options and benefits to victims, holds offenders directly accountable for their abuse, and stimulates community discussion about domestic violence. Opponents claim restorative justice is inherently risky to victims and lacks adequate safety measures. The potential risks of using restorative justice to address domestic violence have prompted practitioners to think twice about developing and implementing restorative justice initiatives to address domestic violence. As a result, the debate over applying restorative justice to domestic violence has remained largely theoretical in scope.
IRJRD promotes the use of modified versions or restorative justice practices for domestic violence through the following activities:
Implementation of Restorative Justice for Student Misconduct
The use of restorative justice on college and university campuses is a growing trend. Institutions of higher education are experimenting with a variety of possibilities. The University of Colorado at Boulder has the largest program hearing over 300 cases in 2007-2008. Five members of a trained group of students, staff members, and community members hear two cases four days a week. The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor offers restorative justice options through its Office of Student Conflict Resolution. In 2007-2008, three-quarters of its 400 cases were resolved by restorative justice and other alternative options.
IRJRD promotes the use of restorative justice dialogue for student misconduct and provides consultation to the Office of the Ombudsperson at The University of Texas at Austin for the following activities:
A planning group for implementation of restorative justice dialogue at The University of Texas at Austin has been formed. Interested persons should contact
Office of the Ombudsperson
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station A6000
Austin, TX 78712
Student Services Building G1.404
(512) 475-6096 (fax)