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’. This is still celebrated and in Belgium the national prison week and our international RJ 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 RJ can have a proper say. Finally, it was only in 1996 that Canada expanded the prisoner’s week into the ‘Restorative Justice Week: Community, Victims, and Prisoners’, shortened to ‘Restorative Justice Week’.
Nowadays, the International RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WEEK (#RJWeek) take place every year all over Europe and beyond and the European Forum for Restorative Justice joined this international campaign since 2000.
Next restorative justice week will be the 16-22 November 2020!
Please contact Bálint Juhasz if you:
- Need advise for organising your RJ week event.
- Want to disseminate your RJ week activity within our network.
- Want to publish your RJ week event in our calendar.
- Want just to inform us about your RJ week initiative or have other questions about the RJ week.
The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) launched 6 short videos (one for each day of the RJ week), with interviews with some of our Board members responding to the question “Why does RJ matters?“. You can watch them here:
The European Forum for Restorative Justice organised a series of activities bringing together arts, justice and storytelling. These activities were not only for passively experiencing and ‘consuming’ stories, but also for sharing and creating them, such as a master class on theatre as a restorative tool, a cartoon workshop and a digital storytelling workshop.