Restorative justice can be an emotionally charged process involving a mix of people with widely differing perspectives, including the perpetrator, the victim and a range of agencies.
For restorative justice to be effective, everyone involved has to be ready to make a positive attempt at the process. There needs to be a degree of understanding and acceptance of the other people’s feelings, and there has to be an ability to communicate. It is important for all concerned to be able to articulate their thoughts and feelings, and to manage their impulses.
Restorative justice & EAP
Equine-assisted psychotherapy can be used to help both perpetrator/s and victim/s through the processes of considering and preparing for meeting the other party/parties. It can help each party to understand the impact of their emotions and actions on others, and the importance of managing their own attitudes and behaviours in order to achieve a positive outcome.
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HorseThinking is very interested in the developing work being done in this field, and would be interested in developing a collaboration between our EAP programme and other practitioners.
If you work in restorative justice or are a commissioner for related services, please get in touch.