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 Forum on Facebook (maintained by Ray Taylor and Mikhail)
- @RestoraCircles on Twitter (Dominic Barter’s RC musings and observations)
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.
Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin (2013). Published in Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, by Mikhail Lyubansky
A Restorative Approach to Interpersonal Racial Conflict (2011). Published in Peace Review, by Mikhail Lyubansky and Dominic Barter
NESTA Report on Radical Efficiency (2010). For RC coverage, including evaluation data from Brazil, see pages 1-4, 8, 19 and 41-43
“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)