This online training course offers a conceptual foundation for anyone interested in the application of restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse. It explores the specificities of complex and sensitive harm, and the essential considerations of applying restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse. 

This course is designed for anyone interested to learn about the use of restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse. It is particularly recommended for policy makes, criminal justice professionals, victim support - and social workers, and also for restorative justice facilitators. 

Participants of the "Sensitive & Complex Cases in Restorative Justice: Domestic Abuse" course of the EFRJ's 2023 Winter Academy will also join this learning event. Yet, it can be attended indenpendently from the Winter Academy. So it is particularly suitable for those who cannot engage for the in-person event. 

The course is delivered by experienced trainers of the field, Anna Halonen and Tim Chapman online.

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Participation fee

EFRJ members get a discount of the fee. The discount is automatically applied to members (after logging in to our website). If you haven't paid your membership due for the current year yet,  you will not get the discount automatically. If you don't get the discount for any other reason, please contact Bálint Juhász to get your discount code before you fill in your application. 

EFRJ Members  90 €
Non members  150 €

Course programme

Understanding complex and sensitive harm

Sesssions 1.1 & 1.2 - on 10 January 2023 between 3 - 6 pm CET, online 

Session 1.1.  What is the nature of complex and sensitive harm in relation to domestic abuse

Session 1.2. To understand the systemic context of domestic abuse

  • The impact of oppressive relations of power and belief systems.
  • Secondary victimisation in society and the criminal justice system
  • The role of the bystander

Session 1.3. on 1.4 - on 24 January 2023 between between 3 - 6 pm CET, online 

Session 1.3. To understand the traumatic impact of domestic abuse

  • Coercive control
  • Trauma
  • Recovery and post-traumatic growth

Session 1.4 Understanding key concepts of restorative justice

  •  the authority of the victim
  • the impulse of immunity and the need for community
  • the importance of narrative


Tim Chapman and Anna Halonen


Tim Chapman & Anna Halonen

Tim Chapman is an independent researcher and trainer in restorative justice. He is a Board member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice's Board. Through 10 years working at the University of Ulster teaching on the Masters programme in restorative practices, he has contributed to the development of restorative conferencing in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland. Previously he spent 25 years working in the probation service and played an active part in developing effective practice in the UK particularly through the publication of ‘Evidence Based Practice’, written jointly with Michael Hough and published by the Home Office. He has been working as a consultant and developed the restorative justice training curriculum for the UNODC.  His ‘Time to Grow’ model for the supervision of young people has influenced youth justice practices. He has published widely on restorative justice and effective practice. He  has conducted significant research into restorative justice in Northern Ireland including the project ‘ALTERNATIVE’. He is currently engaged in work on the victims’ experiences of restorative justice, the conceptual basis of restorative practices, and restorative approaches to violent extremism.

Anna Halonen is a trainer and practitioner in restorative justice and mediation in Finland. She started as a volunteer mediator 2002 and has been working as mediation advisor since 2007 when the law on mediation came into force. Her main area of work is intimate partner violence, but she also works with cases of other kinds of crimes and disputes. Years 2014—2017 she was working in Mediation in serious crimes –project where she was developing restorative justice practices and mediation after sentencing in e.g. in cases like homicides. As part of her job she does training in areas of restorative justice, mediation and intimate partner violence. She is also part of national working group developing best practice in intimate partner violence cases and training in Finland and Gender-Based Violence Working Group coordinated by European Forum for Restorative Justice.