Restorative Justice as a Response to Domestic Violence: Practice and Research

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Live Webinar originally aired on March 24, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The videotaped presentation will be viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation. All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits.


Restorative justice is used around the world to address a variety of crimes. Domestic violence is a global phenomenon negatively affecting individuals, families and communities. Circles of Peace, a restorative justice approach to domestic violence, brings together perpetrators, victims (when the victim chooses to participate), extended family members, close friends, and trained community members with a “Circle Keeper” facilitator. These Circles carefully monitor safety, encourage dialogue, explore gender dynamics, uncover the history of violence and attempt to create meaningful change. The model is flexible, culturally sensitive, and works with the criminal justice system to bring about healing and transformation, and has been implemented and studied in Nogales, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah. Rigorous research supported by the National Science Foundation, as well as years of anecdotal evidence, suggests that Circles of Peace have concrete benefits for families and communities. This webinar will focus on the Circles of Peace model and related research.

Learning Goals:

  • Participants will examine the causes of domestic violence and the criminal justice system’s response to it.
  • Participants will gain a better understanding of the restorative justice model as an alternative to the standard treatment and its potential to help those impacted by domestic violence – both victim and offender.
  • Participants will identify strategies for implementing randomized controlled trials in real-world settings including university, criminal justice, and community-based agency partnerships.


Briana Barocas, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor; Director of Research, NYU Center on Violence and Recovery

Danielle Emery, M.P.A. 
Director of Programs, NYU Center on Violence and Recovery

Faye Zakheim, Ph.D.
Fellow, Senior Circle Trainer, NYU Center on Violence and Recovery