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Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

Elizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf, and Pamela Blume Leonard


Restorative justice and social work share principles and goals, including the goal of addressing pain and conflict. Many of the processes used by restorative justice practitioners are based on indigenous practices that facilitate peacemaking, victim healing, and reengagement of offenders. As a method for transforming conflict, restorative justice can be viewed as a theory, a principle, and a practice. Each aspect of restorative justice has the ability to inform and strengthen social work practice and restorative practices can be enhanced by the knowledge, evidenced based initiatives, practice ... More

Keywords: restorative justice, social work practice, conflict transformation, social work in schools, social work in prisons, interpersonal violence, gerontology, community conferencing, peacemaking circle, community practice

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Beck, editor
School of Social Work, Georgia State University

Nancy P. Kropf, editor
School of Social Work, Georgia State University

Pamela Blume Leonard, editor
Georgia Council for Restorative Justice

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