Restorative Justice Programs

Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice based on the idea of taking responsibility for actions that have hurt or harmed someone else and/or yourself.  Rather than focus on punishment and isolation from the community, restorative justice focuses on meaningful accountability, which includes active engagement in understanding what harms have been done and how to repair those harms.

Our restorative work includes:

School-Based Restorative Justice:  Resolutions Northwest, in collaboration with districts, schools, the Department for Juvenile Justice and others, provides training, consultation and restorative services to administrators, teachers, staff, students and families in schools throughout Multnomah County and beyond.

The overall goal is to find alternatives to suspension, expulsion and juvenile justice involvement, while holding youth and ourselves accountable for behavior that creates harm in the community.

Our work is funded primarily through grants from Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice, the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution, the City of Portland and the NW Health Foundation. We also rely on donations for a portion of the program's expenses. Key partners in our work are the Portland Parent Union and the Multnomah Youth Commission . See details on Restorative Justice in Schools.

Victim Offender Meetings (VOM): Our Victim Offender Meetings (VOM) program brings youth offenders and their victims together to talk about the many ripples of harm criminal behavior has caused not only to victims and the community, but often to their families and ultimately themselves. The process helps them to understand that although they can't undo what they did, they can, and do, have a responsibility to repair the harm as much as possible.

This program is currently suspended due to funding cuts, but we hope it will be reinstated in the very near future.

Serious & Violent Crime Facilitated Dialogue: Although most requests for these kinds of dialogues are addressed through the Department of Corrections' Facilitated Dialogue Program (FDP), Resolutions Northwest will occasionally get a dialogue request, the circumstances of which don't fall within the parameters of the FDP.  We have limited capacity for this service and will consider referrals on a case-by-case basis.


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For more information about our restorative justice programs contact us by email or phone, 503-595-4890.