Resolving Conflict Creatively between Victims & Youth Offenders

Resolving Conflict Creatively between Victims & Youth Offenders - "

Diversion " & " Transformation " is an educational resource intended to

raise public awareness of an alternative to the existing justice system's

approach, to provide training and to encourage citizens to participate in

community justice practices.


The first part, "Diversion" addresses the issue of alternatives to

incarceration for low-risk offenders. The procedure and effectiveness of

these processes are revealed through the computer-assisted communication

between a "concerned" citizen (FATHER) and legal professionals including a

police officer, criminologist, probation and parole officer, prosecutor,

judge and community justice representative. Victim-Offender Mediation is

demonstrated as an effective tool in a satisfactory justice-making process.


The second part, "Transformation" demonstrates that principles of

reconciliation and inter-personal healing not only play a role in

preventing recidivism and restoring the community¹s overall sense of

well-being but helps victims deal with the psychological consequences of

crime. The Healing Circle presented in this part highlights all

circle-type "conferencing" which offer creative approaches in achieving

satisfying justice.


"WOW! What a delightful and engaging illustration of restorative justice

principles and practices... I especially liked the comprehensive scope of

the videos." Susan L. Stacey, Restorative Justice Associate Planner,

Minnesota Department of Corrections.


" As a person who goes out and addresses the public on the myths and

realities of crime, I feel your video package is a worthwhile educational

program. What I found most important was the fact that you had real people

in real situations to demonstrate your point. ... your video would be an

excellent instrument in teaching new and existing staff about the issues of

Diversion and Victim-Offender Mediation. The memory of the "Healing Circle"

video still invokes a strong emotional response." - Troy Bolton,

Supervisor, Community Development, Operation Springboard, Scarborough


"Tape One - excellent overview to present to volunteers and to communities

to promote understanding; Tape Two - also excellent for training and

education purposes; Tape Three - so like family group conference model, is

good resource to educate volunteers and model after the illustrated example

..." - Sandra Sobkowich, Coordinator Victim/Offender Reconciliation,

Calgary John Howard Society


An optional video entitled "Healing Circles " containing scenes from Part

Two, is of special interest to facilitators, school administrators,

community activists and volunteers who plan to implement this process in

their own community at any stage of a dispute between two parties. The

video demonstrates that the principles of reconciliation and inter-personal

healing not only play a role in preventing recidivism (by reconnecting the

offender(s) to the community following a period of closed custody) but also

helps the victim(s) and the community deal with the psychological

consequences of violent crime.


"Healing Circles is quite interesting and a good learning tool in getting

communities to begin to discuss and explore more satisfying and healing

responses to crime" - Rick Prashaw, Communications Coordinator, The

Church Council on Justice and Corrections, Ottawa




Resolving Conflict Creatively in the School Community


Resolving Conflict Creatively in the Multicultural Community


And coming soon ...

Resolving Conflict Creatively through Preventive Intervention


For inquiries about ordering, previewing, and costs please contact:


Triune Arts

517 Wellington Street West

Suite 207

Toronto, Ontario

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Fax: 416.586.0879



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