Mission and Services

The mission of Restorative Justice Practices is to create a culture that utilizes Restorative Justice (RJ) and Conflict Resolution alternatives to address and repair the harm in the community, restore wellness, promote communications, engagement, and cooperation.

Goals

 

Establish Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution services as an option to address harm and to provide a supported framework for implementing practices throughout the community.

 

Engage with those have caused harm by providing them with an active role in addressing the harm and restoring trust within the community.

 

Educate those who have caused harmed and those who have been harmed; individuals, groups, and the larger Rutgers community by providing opportunities for acknowledging harm and accepting responsibility for their actions.

All participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a better understanding and impact of their actions.
  • Show ability to develop solutions to actions, harms, issues, and conflicts.
  • Utilize RJ practices and principles in future interactions.
  • Develop the skills to communicate/articulate the harm that was done.

*Please note:  For a Restorative Justice process to work effectively; all participants must volunteer for this process, accept responsibility for their own actions in the incident, and show a desire to address the impact of their actions on the community.

  • RJ Conferences– RJ Conferences brings together participants that have been impacted by an event or incident. This process allows the victim(s) and offender(s) to have an honest dialogue in a space were all members may speak and ask questions. It is a non-threatening way to rebuild trust, community, and relationships. This process focuses on gaining understanding and reaching a mutually desired outcome or resolution. Guideline questions that are asked: “What harm has been done” and “How can this harm be repaired”.
  • RJ Impact Panels– Panels provide an opportunity for indirect encounter when either the victim or respondent is unwilling or unable to meet the other in person. A panel is comprised of unrelated victims and respondents linked only by a similar type of violation. The panel may help bring closure to the victims and to expose to the harms that they have caused by providing an opportunity for the parties to speak about their experiences.
  • RJ Circles– RJ Circles bring together members of the community that have been impacted by an event or incident. This process allows all participants to have an honest dialogue in a space were all members may speak and ask questions. It is a non-threatening way to rebuild trust, community, and relationships. This process focuses on gaining understanding and reaching a mutually desired outcome or resolution.
  • Mediation– Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which there are at least two mediators. These mediators will guide the people involved toward their own resolution. Through joint sessions and separate caucuses with each person, the mediators help both sides define the issues, understand the other’s position and move closer toward their own resolution.
  • Negotiation– Conflict negotiation involves bring in a third party to encourage communication., Once the negotiator has a full understanding of the motives and needs of each person, they can begin to look for ways for them to compromise. The negotiator creates a contact or agreement by incorporating the agreed-upon compromises.

*Please Note: If you have a conflict or incident which you would like a trained Restorative Justice Practice Facilitator or Mediator to address and empower participants to repair, please contact the Coordinator under the Staff page. Please be aware that all participants involved in a Restorative Justice Practice need to be Rutgers – New Brunswick affiliated.