This purpose of this page is to serve as a repository for resources relating to the Restorative Circle (RC) process developed by Dominic Barter and associates in Brazil. Note: Inclusion on this page does not constitute endorsement.
A Restorative Circle is a community process for supporting those in conflict. It brings together the three parties to a conflict – those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community – within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and guided by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit.
- Restorative Circles homepage (maintained by Dom: videos, articles, more)
- Official Restorative Circles Facebook (maintained by Dom: musings, announcements, links)
- Restorative Circles Community Group on Facebook (maintained by Mikhail and Ascaldeia)
- @RestoraCircles on Twitter (Dominic Barter’s RC musings and observations)
Lyubansky, M. (2017). Peace Profile: Dominic Barter. Peace Review, 29(4), 513-520.
- Dzur, A. (2017). Conversations on restorative justice: A talk with Dominic Barter. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 5(1), 116-132. [Note: Article is behind a paywall].
Ortega, L., Lyubansky, M., Nettles, S., & Espelage, D. L. (2016). Outcomes of a Restorative Circles Program in a High School Setting. Psychology of Violence.
Lyubansky, M., & Shpungin, E. (2015). Challenging Power Dynamics in Restorative Justice. The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.
Shpungin, E. (2014). The Fluidity of Victimhood. T Gavrielides (ed.). [contact Elaine for reprint].
Murray, H., Lyubansky, M., & Miller, K. (2014). Towards a Psychology of Nonviolence. In E. Mustakova-Possardt, M. Lyubansky, M. Basseches, & J. Oxenberg (Ed.). Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. New York: Springer Science + Business Media, LCC.
Lyubansky, M. & Hunter, C. (2014). Towards Racial Justice. In E. Mustakova-Possardt, M. Lyubansky, M. Basseches, & J. Oxenberg (Ed.). Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. New York: Springer Science + Business Media, LCC.
Lyubansky, M. (2013). Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin (2013). Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 5(1), 59-72.
Achutti, D., & Pallamolla, R. (2012). Restorative justice in juvenile courts in Brazil: a brief review of Porto Alegre and São Caetano pilot projects. Universitas Psychologica, 11(4), 1093-1104.
Lyubansky, M. & Barter, D. (2011). Restorative Approach to Interpersonal Racial Conflict (2011). Peace Review, 23 (1), 37-44
NESTA Report on Radical Efficiency (2010). For RC coverage, including evaluation data from Brazil, see pages 1-4, 8, 19 and 41-43
Theses and Doctoral Dissertations
Ortega, L. (2014). Examining restorative circles in a school setting: towards an understanding of participant experiences and perceptions (Doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Full text.
- Vaughn, N.B. (2015). Magic in the circle: A process oriented inquiry into Restorative Circles (Doctoral Dissertation, University of West Georgia).
- Larsson, B. (2014). Life pathways and narratives of young women who have offended and participated in restorative justice (Doctoral dissertation, University of East Anglia). Full text.
“How to” Articles
- Micro-Circles (Elaine’s article about a form of RC for little conflicts and/or little people, Originally published as a Psychology Today blog)
- From Sibling Conflict to Sibling Camaraderie: Micro-Circles part 2 (Elaine’s FAQ written in response to article above)
Pop Culture Anthologies (newer content at top)
- Seven Roads to Justice for Superheroes and Humans (by Mikhail Lyubansky) in Our Superheroes, Ourselves.
- The Cost of Justice (by Mikhail Lyubansky & Elaine Shpungin) in The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Walking Towards Community – A Restorative Approach, with Dominic Barter
(D. Cambridge, 2013).
Media Coverage and Blogs (newer content at top)
- New Study Reveals Six Benefits of School Restorative Justice (M. Lyubansky, 2016, PT)
- Students’ intentions were good; driver in difficult situation (N. Lafond, 2015, News Gazette)
- A Restorative Response to MH17 (C. Eisenstein, 2014)
- Restorative Justice Isn’t a Plug and Play Option (J. Lash, 2014, Juvenile Justice Info. Exchange)Conflict is a Good Thing (M. Garmon, 2013, Lake Chalice)
- From Punitive to Restorative Justice (M. Rowan Leach, 2013. Kosmos: Journal for Global Transformation)
- Rochester’s Underground Justice System (C. Fien, 2012, Rochester City Newspaper)
- Restorative Circles and Heart of Justice (J. Lash, 2012, Juvenile Justice Info Exchange)
- Walking Toward Conflict (D. Barter, 2012, for fee in Tikkun Magazine)
- The Fight Room (E. Shpungin & D. Barter, 2012, Tikkun)
- A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting (A. Brenneke, 2012, Tikkun)
- The Restorative Revolution: It’s Coming (E. Shpungin, 2011, Psych Today)
- The Most Important Thing to Know About Conflict (E. Shpungin, 2010, Psych. Today)
- Our Justice System Requires Us To Punish Wrongdoers. What If There Were a Better Way? (M. Lyubansky, 2010, Psych Today)
- Violence Begets More Violence (D. Champagne, 2010, The Daily Record)
- The Art of Sharing Power and Responsibility to Create Community (J. Malkin, 2010, Good Times)
- Restorative Circles: Justice Without Classism (Koch-Gonzalez, 2010, Classism Exposed)
- Towards Peace and Justice in Brazil: Dominic Barter and Restorative Circles (J, Wachtel, 2009, IIRP)
- 21st Century Justice at a Local Brazilian School (B. Tonasse, 2009, Comunidad Segura)
Audio and Video
- Building Bridges: Restorative Circles and Existing Systems (Restorative Justice on the Rise, 2013, Special Guests Dominic Barter and Sissi Mazzetti of Restorative Circles)
- Dominic Barter on Molly Rowan Presents [audio, 2012]
- Dominic Barter: How Restorative Systems Can Bring Justice Scales to Balance [audio]
- Dominic Barter on Illinois Public Radio [audio]
- Ann McKnight TEDx Macatawa: Turn Toward Conflict
- Restorative Circles Vimeo Homepage
- Videos on official RestorativeCircles.org webpage
Other International Resources
- List of Practice Groups on official RestorativeCircles.org webpage
Local Resources (central Illinois)