Violence is Not Conflict: Why it Matters in Restorative Justice Practice
AbstractThe rapid growth of restorative justice programs calls for greater self-reflection and a higher standard of practice in the restorative justice field. This article addresses the distinction between violence and conflict, and the significant implications of this difference, in the restorative justice process. It offers insight into violence and victimization and sets out a number of approaches beneficial to helping solidify these important distinctions and in linking explanations to practice. Failure to understand violence and conflict as distinct concepts may potentially leave people and communities at risk of further harm.
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