It all started in 1975 in England, where prison chaplains launched a day to remember incarcerated people, the ‘Prisoner’s Sunday’. The idea was then spread in other countries and 20 years later it become the ‘Prisoner’s Week’.
Finally, in 1996 Canada expanded the prisoner’s week into the ‘Restorative Justice Week: Community, Victims, and Prisoners’, later shortened to ‘Restorative Justice Week’.
Nowadays, the International RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WEEK (#RJWeek) takes place every year all over Europe and beyond. The European Forum for Restorative Justice joins the annual international campaign since 2000 with initiatives organised by the Secretariat and by sharing information on events launched by our members!
The ‘Prisoner’s Week’ is still celebrated and in Belgium the national prison week and our international Restorative Justice Week are celebrated with a good collaboration between the EFRJ and local organisers working in prison settings: for example, in 2017 their theme is about family members of prisoners, something where restorative justice can have a proper say.
Next Restorative Justice Week will take place the 20-26 November 2022!
As the key theme for this year's Restorative Justice Week (#RJWeek, 20-26 November 2022) the EFRJ highlights the significance of 'access to restorative justice'. Today hundreds of thousands people affected by harm cannot access the benefits of restorative justice for a number of reasons, and we think this should change.
We invite our members to use this week for celebration, raising awareness and to organise their events or campaigns linked to this topic, as a shared message is more remarkable. Read the Access to Restorative Justice brief to get a good summary of the key issues linked to the topic.
As every year, the EFRJ will gather and give visibility to its members' contribution to the week. More information will follow on this.
Please contact Bálint Juhasz if you:
- Need advise for organising your Restorative Justice Week event.
- Want to disseminate your Restorative Justice Week activity within our network.
- Want to publish your Restorative Justice Week event on our website or other communication channels.
- Want just to inform us about your Restorative Justice Week initiative or have other questions about the this year's Restorative Justice Week or previous celebrations.
Help us collect and map events organised to celebrate the Restorative Justice Week in 2022.
We encourage our members to organise their local events, and help us make the extended network of restorative events visible by sharing information on what is happening at different locations around Europe and beyond.
If you are organiser of a local event (or several), please provide us information via this form.