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 Conflict Transformation Spaces

Conflict in communities is inevitable because humans make mistakes, care about different things, and are not always skilled in navigating their differences.


Conflict may be:

  • the result of a harmful act, the facts of which are not in dispute,          

  • associated with a series of unresolved disputes between individuals or groups,                                                                                              

  • associated with an issue of shared concern between a group of people 


When conflict and/or harm occurs, it is very difficult to move forward unless the conflict can be named and transformed. Restorative practices are a range structured processes through which conflict can be transformed into cooperation. 

The conferencing format enables everyone affected to consider:

  • what happened                                                                                        

  • who has been affected and how                                                                

  • what is needed to put things right (repair harm; prevent recurrence; reset relationships).

This text is drawn from the field of Restorative Justice, with acknowledgement to the Restorative Justice Unit at Victoria University of Wellington; and Dr David Moore and Dr Alikkii Vernon at the Australian Association of Restorative Justice.

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