Practice guide on values and standards for restorative justice practices.
This publication is the result of a series of meetings and actions by the Working Group on Values and Standards for Restorative Justice, established in 2017-2018 within the EFRJ membership
A summary of empirical research on the effectiveness of restorative justice practices
Researchers have frequently studied the effectiveness of restorative justice practices. They examined how and when the different parties participate, how they experience the process and what the outcomes of the process are. This article intends to give an overview of empirical research done on the benefits of restorative justice practices. It will mainly focus on restorative justice in comparison to the traditional criminal justice system and will offer a closer look on some of the most interesting benefits of restorative justice. What does research tell us about the effectiveness of restorative justice?
This Practice Guide is the result of the Summer School ‘The Victims’ Directive – challenges and opportunities for Restorative Justice’ organised by the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) on 13-17 July 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. Thirty professionals coming from different parts of Europe and beyond and with different backgrounds and experiences met on this occasion to gain a better understanding of the Directive 2012/29/EU (Victims’ Directive) establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.
This Briefing Paper launched by the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) aims to assess the potential and to highlight the limits provided by the Victims’ Directive in relation to the regulation of restorative justice in the European Union (EU).
This publication is one of the outcomes of the two year research project entitled ‘Developing integrated responses to sexual violence: An interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice’ Daphne III – JUST/2011/DAP/AG/3350, coordinated by the Leuven Institute of Criminology, University of Leuven (Belgium) between March 2013 and February 2015. The main findings of the study can be read in its final research report: Zinsstag, Keenan & Aertsen (eds.) (2015). This practice guide has been conceived, designed and developed by the steering group of the project and written up by: Main authors Vince Mercer, AIM Project (UK) Karin Sten Madsen, University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
Based on the research report „Desistance and restorative justice. Mechanisms for desisting from crime within restorative justice practices‟ written by Veronika Hofinger, Katrien Lauwaert and Brendan Marsh.
This publication is the result of a research project co-financed by the European Commission DG Justice under Grant JUST/2011/JPEN/AG/2962 and conducted by the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014.
The “Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice” project of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (JUST/2011/JPEN/AG/2968) emerged in response to the limited numbers of cases being referred to restorative justice organisations despite the positive research illustrating the benefits restorative justice may bring for victims and offenders. As the area is receiving increasingly more attention from the legal sphere, for example the most recent EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (2012), more should be done to increase the numbers of cases reaching restorative justice procedures.
As a result of this project, a research report (Laxminarayan, 2014) and this manual, Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice: A Practical Guide, have been published. Both publications aim to guide the reader in topics related to accessibility and initiation of restorative justice.