The RESTORE Program of Restorative Justice for Sex Crimes: Vision, Process, and Outcomes

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The article reports empirical evaluation of RESTORE, a restorative justice (RJ) conferencing program adapted to prosecutor-referred adult misdemeanor and felony sexual assaults. RESTORE conferences included voluntary enrollment, preparation, and a face-to-face meeting where primary and secondary victims voice impacts, and responsible persons acknowledge their acts and together develop a re-dress plan that is supervised for 1 year. Process data included referral and consent rates, participant characteristics, observational ratings of conferences compared with program design, services delivered, and safety monitoring. Outcome evaluation used 22 cases to assess (a) pre-post reasons for choosing RESTORE, (b) preparation and conference experiences, (c) overall program and justice satisfaction, and (d) completion rates. This is the first peer-reviewed quantitative evaluation of RJ conferencing for adult sexual assault. Although the data have limitations, the results support cautious optimism regarding feasibility, safety, and satisfactory outcomes. They help envision how conferencing could expand and individualize justice options for sexual assault.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1623-1660
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • criminology
  • law and justice
  • offender treatment
  • rape
  • restorative justice
  • sexual assault
  • sexual crime
  • victim-offender dialogue
  • victimology
  • violence prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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