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Exploring restorative justice models to address sexual harm and domestic violence

“Restorative justice believes families and communities have the capacity to heal transgenerational harms and their many roots,” says sujatha baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project. “Restorative processes move us beyond a justice of sides (survivor versus the person who caused the harm) to a more holistic, empowering, and safety-driven approach.” The Restorative Justice Project currently works in collaboration with Mimi Kim (Creative Interventions) and Susun Kim (Family Justice Center) to train Contra Costa County, California community partners on restorative justice processes, with the goal of making restorative justice available at the community level for those seeking to resolve and heal from domestic violence and sexual harm without state intervention.

Through her fellowship with the Just Beginnings Collaborative, sujatha is developing public speaking trainings for child sexual abuse survivors to transform their wisdom into effective campaigns, policies, and community-based practices to end child sexual abuse. The JBC fellowship also supports sujatha’s writing projects on the nexus of restorative justice and healing from child sexual abuse.

We are excited to explore community-based, restorative oriented solutions because victims of domestic violence deserve more than what traditional responses offer.

Susun Kim, Executive Director, Contra Costa Family Justice Center