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.

RJ week 2020

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.  

RJ week 2019

17-24 November 2019

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: 

Tim Chapman 
Roberto Moreno
Patrizia Patrizi
Edit Törzs
Bart Claes
Annemieke Wolthuis

Also, the EFRJ published a booklet about environmental justice that you can find here. 

Booklet "Environmental justice: restoring the justice"

RJ week 2018

18-25 November 2018.

For this event, the European Forum of Restorative Justice (EFRJ) launched the film “Expanding the restorative imagination” based on interviews taken during its 10th international conference in Tirana (8 minutes) as well as "Re-storying a terrorist tragedy: The encounter" and "Re-storying a Greek tragedy: Electra meets Clytemnestra" produced for the workshop session “The theatricality of human drama and restorative justice”, presented by Katerina Soulou (EFRJ board member) in collaboration with Evdokimos Tsolakidis (Theater of Changes). 

The EFRJ also launched the European Restorative Justice Policy Network. The event brought together representatives of the ministries working in restorative justice, penal mediation and/or criminal justice legislation from all European member states. The aim was to share experiences, reforms, best practices and challenges in member states; to make European policy makers aware of new research outcomes, innovative practices and international policy matters regarding restorative justice; to learn about needs and how the EFRJ could further develop (policy) development; and to provide a forum for discussion.

On 20 November morning the group visited the Belgian mediation service Mediante, directed by Antonio Buonatesta, one of the EFRJ founders and active member of the EFRJ, who presented the work of the organisation and the application of restorative justice in serious crime.

The EFRJ also launched a series of postcards, based on the artworks of Lee Anderson, an artist from the UK who joined us in Tirana for drawing some of the workshop sessions. 

RJ week 2017

19-26 November 2017

Among others, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) launched the film ‘A Conversation’ (played by No Theatre) based on a real meeting between two families after a case of rape and murder.
EFRJ also published a booklet including articles on research and practical experiences on the use of arts in RJ (either as a communication tool or for raising awareness), following the June issue of the EFRJ Newsletter.

RJ week 2016

20-27 November 2016

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

Read the stories about RJ we collected from all around Europe and beyond!