The international Restorative Justice Week provides a unique opportunity every year to focus public attention on restorative justice, to the benefits it can create for the society, and to bring together communities globally and locally that are committed to address injustices and harm in a humane way.
Special focus for 2020
This year we highlight:
- The significance of non-punitive justice responses to the harms caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions to the various communities; and
- The expanding awareness of restorative justice's benefits and its applicability to a wide range of contexts.
To further its vision making high-quality restorative justice available to all citizens in Europe and beyond, the European Forum for Restorative Justice launches its Winter Academy this year. The Academy provides a high-quality learning opportunity for those interested in getting involved in restorative justice, implementing restorative justice programmes or want to get a systematic introduction to the topic. Get to know more →
Download the banner for the Restorative Justice Week 2020 and use it to promote and communicate about your event.
Use #RJWeek and #RJWeek2020 in social media to communicate about your event.
Help us collect and map events organised to celebrate the Restorative Justice Week in 2020
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 with this form below.
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.
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.