Conflict is inevitable in any organization, community or family—but it doesn't have to destroy relationships. In addition to the challenges it presents, conflict is an opportunity to learn, grow and better understand one another.
Restorative justice, which takes a community well-being approach to conflict resolution, is growing in demand in the justice, policing, corrections, education, community and family service sectors. Rather than focusing on blame and punishment, restorative justice advocates understanding, relationships, healing and restoration. On the premise that conflict causes harm, it gives victims a voice and holds wrongdoers directly responsible for the damage they cause. Victims, offenders, and community members reach solutions that allow them to continue to live together in safer, healthier environments.