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Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence Crimes: The Circles of Peace Model

Friday, June 24, 2022, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
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Panel Discussion
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This hour-long webinar by New York University’s Center on Violence and Recovery (NYU CVR) will explore the history, practice, policy, research motivation and findings of the Circles of Peace model. Participants will learn about the foundations of restorative justice, its impact on domestic violence crimes and why the Circles of Peace model remains a compelling approach for addressing domestic violence.

Founded in 2004, NYU CVR is a research center dedicated to advancing knowledge on the causes and consequences of violence/trauma and developing solutions that foster healing among individuals, families and communities. For the past two decades, NYU CVR has partnered with local judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, victim advocates and community members in implementing and studying the use of restorative justice to address domestic violence crimes in communities across the nation. NYU CVR developed the “Circles of Peace” model in 2004, the first of its kind in the United States to use restorative justice principles to treat those arrested for DV crimes. Initially inspired by a partnership with a local judge in Nogales, Arizona, NYU CVR has gone on to develop an evidenced-informed program design which has garnered promising outcomes in three key jurisdictions (Arizona, Utah and Vermont). Local judges, other court personnel, treatment providers, victim advocates and community members from across the nation have hailed this approach as one to follow. Multiple studies including randomized controlled trials, funded by the National Science Foundation, and a qualitative study funded by the National Institute of Justice, have now been completed by NYU CVR, comparing restorative justice and Batterers’ Intervention Programs. Each new study highlights the model’s promise.