restorative practices. 

Restorative practice is a strategy to improve and repair relationships between people and communities; the desired outcome is to build healthy communities, decrease crime / violence, repair harm, and restore relationships.  Restorative practices employ the philosophy of restorative justice: violence harms individuals, relationships and communities, creates an obligation to make things right, centers the victim / survivor's perspective when deciding how to repair the harm, and that the community is responsible for the well-being of all of its members.


A foundational principle of restorative justice, birthed in indigenous cultures, is that crime causes harm and justice should focus on repairing that harm.  Restorative justice asks,'What can be done to make things as right as possible?'  Restorative justice is survivor-centered, requires responsible-party accountability, and favors community inclusion; we seek to understand why the harm happened, we seek to trust and listen to survivor needs and requests, and we invite community involvement to support the process of wholeness and reintegration.


Examples of restorative justice:

  • Victim offender dialogue (VOD)
  • Family conferencing
  • ​Peace-making circles



Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples & Adolescents

Karena H. Montag, MFTMFC 45487

Transformative Justice takes the principles and practices of restorative justice beyond the criminal justice system, and asks: how do we respond to violence from Within our Communities, believes in:  Trauma-informed & Survivor-focused healing,

​Community Accountability & Collective Action, and 

recognizes: Cultural Differences & Self-determination

The time has come

for us

to 

reimagine everything


grace lee boggs