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Restorative justice and school violence: Building theory and practice.

Morrison, Brenda
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Paper presented at the International Conference on Violence in Schools and Public Policies, held at the Palais de l’UNESCO, Paris, France, 5-7 March. Canberra: Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences, Center for Restorative Justice.

Brenda Morrison begins this paper by acknowledging the difficulty in addressing school violence. Against a background of various responses that have been tried, with mixed results, she advocates restorative justice as an approach that offers hope. Restorative justice seeks to build communities of care around individuals while holding people accountable and not condoning harmful behavior. In this paper, then, Morrison explores recent developments in building theory and practice for the application of restorative justice to one form of school violence – school bullying. Topics covered in her paper include an overview of the nature and extent of bullying, a theoretical framework for understanding it, and the philosophy of restorative justice practice in relation to bullying.


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