Restorative Practices International

Sharing Practice, Building Connections: Together Making a Difference

Welcome to Restorative Practices International – a professional member association
developed by practitioners for practitioners.

Restorative Practices International (RPI) is a not-for-profit, independent, professional member association that supports the development of restorative practice in schools, prisons, workplaces, organisations, families and communities.

RPI is committed to connecting practitioners around the globe and creating opportunities to share and learn from one another. We strongly believe that our work in these fields will be strengthened by our ability to:

  • develop and maintain best practice
  • learn from diverse areas of practice
  • enhance networking within the field
  • share developments, and
  • work together

Our Vision

A World Community connected in harmony through Restorative Practices





Our Mission

To improve the quality and scope of Restorative Justice practice across the world by developing and supporting practitioners through professional development and information sharing.


Lectureship in Restorative Justice

Applications are invited for a two-year fixed term lectureship in restorative justice practice with the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, commencing first Semester 2016. Further details here: Lecturer in Restorative Justice

RPI’S 2015 Conference Papers available.

RPI’s recent conference in Hobart, Tasmania, was a huge success with over 180 delegates from around the world. The Full Conference Program is still posted on the Conference Site. Many papers and/or presentations are available here, and more will be posted as they become available.


Restorative Practice Fields: Current Links of Interest


For a pdf file of some of the most recent books, articles & links in RJ/RP (with thanks to our colleagues in the Restorative Justice Division of the Correctional Service Canada): click here

Punishment and Forgiveness Research Findings:

One of the inevitable things in life is that someone will do or say something to upset and hurt us. While forgiveness is a good way to overcome such hurts, we also don’t want people to get away with what they did. So my colleagues and I set out to test whether it’s possible to forgive and get justice. Read more….


Six victims talk about their experience confronting offenders in prison through the Sycamore Tree Project, Queensland, Australia: Aug 2014

The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice: a Ted Talk by Daniel Reisel: filmed 13 Feb 13

Freedom Project trains prisoners in nonviolent communication and meditation. Two complementary studies of its effects are reported: 11 Feb 14

Criminal Justice:

Victims to have greater say on rj press release - RJA Press Release 8 Dec 2014

Mythology Parading as Opinion – Mike Yardley and Restorative Justice by Kim  Workman

Wairarapa stabbing victim forgives attacker after restorative justice process. Wairarapa Times-Age: 15 May 14

Six Years of Progress of the Youth Courts of New Zealand detailed in the  current issue of The Rangatahi Courts Newsletter: 4 April 14

Reoffending analysis for New Zealand restorative justice cases 2008–2011: 3 April 14

Restorative Justice Conferences continue to empower victims: 3 April 14

Victims of sexual violence may be able to confront attackers under RJ: 14 Feb 14

International study finds crime levels cut after offenders meet: 14 Feb 14

Restorative justice in the Australian criminal justice system No. 127: Feb 14. The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released a new study which allows a longitudinal comparison with similar research prepared by the AIC in 2002.


Towards equitable outcomes in secondary schools NZ: Good practice  29 May 2014

Schools That Work: for a brief video of the restorative circle work being done in Glendale, California, USA at Glendale Elementary School click here

New York City prepares to rethink school discipline; restorative justice in action: 23 June 2014

In a Los Angeles California high school, Joseph Luciani coaches teachers on restorative disciplinary practices, community building & circle processes with students: 13 June 2014

UTSA Lecturer Reduces School Suspensions by 84 Percent: May 2014

Proven success reducing school violence and dropout rates: 4 Feb 14

Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students: 16 Jan 14

With restorative justice, going to the principal’s office won’t ever be the same: 22 Jan 14

Sexual Violence Research Project:

Research project: Developing integrated responses to sexual violence: An interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice. For more information and to become involved click here.


New Membership Initiative

Membership is open to practitioners of RJ throughout the world and across its various fields.  In the current economic climate, we are keenly aware that the building of an organisation truly supportive of practitioners has required an alteration in our membership categories and fees. We have therefore made the necessary changes in order to encourage expansion of our membership base.

Annual membership dues are $44 AUD.

We acknowledge that there are many ways of working restoratively and would like to openly encourage diverse practice to prosper.  We have much to learn from each other and much to share about what works within the communities that we serve. Find Out More →

Our History

Initially established as the Australasian Restorative Justice Association (ARJA) in 1997, RPI was the fruition of a long-held dream of founding member Peta Blood to establish support mechanisms for practitioners working in the then relatively isolated fields of  Restorative Practice. Find Out More →