Model of practice

Key Characteristics of Alternatives Restorative Model

  • Vast majority of work takes place in working class; socially disadvantaged communities.
  • Majority of work takes place in communities that are living with the legacies of the violent conflict and are shaped by a culture of violence.
  • Models of practice are developed within the parameters of working within a contested society.
  • Much of the caseload concerns itself with serious and chronic offending youth; paramilitary punishment violence, threat and exclusion.
  • Programmes are indigenous and responsive to the specific needs and culture of individual communities.
  • International learning is not parachuted in but appropriate learning is adapted to suit the culture.
  •  Restorative Justice principles are used at both a micro and macro level to develop transitional peace building processes.
  • Community consultation is ongoing and vital and programmes are changed accordingly.
  • Evaluation is integral to the transparency of the restorative processes


Benefits of Alternatives RJ Model

FOR VICTIMS                                                                      

  • Victims needs are no longer ignored.                               
  • Victims get the answers to their questions.
  • Victims get to tell their story
  • Victims get to participate in the settlement


  • Offenders face the human cost of their actions
  • Offenders given the opportunity to make things right
  • Offenders get to tell their story
  • Offenders encouraged to take responsibility for their actions                            


  • Community empowered to solve their own problems.
  • Community conflict is addressed in a positive way.
  • Community more accepting of reformed offenders.
  • Community able to reduce recidivism.