Velez, G. and Gavrielides, T. (2022). Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing, New York: Springer.

ISBN: 978-3-031-13100-4

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The book

The book forms part of the Peace Psychology Book Series by Spring, Series Ed.: Christie, Daniel J. ISSN: 2197-5779.

Book Focus


Despite the clear connections between psychology, restorative justice, and peace across national and institutional contexts, there has been little direct engagement between the field of peace psychology and the growing theory, implementation, and research of restorative justice. This edited Volume will explicitly build a bridge between peace psychology and restorative justice. 

This volume presents an array of work situated at the interconnection of peace psychology and restorative justice. The volume is divided into two main section. The first focuses on the use of restorative justice and psychology for achieving peace in educational settings let that be a school (primary or secondary), college, university or a youth centre in the community. Educational settings can also refer to home schooling or adult and vocational centres. Some of the contributions are based on new empirical studies that were recently carried out in these settings. Others use secondary analysis and normative thinking to make some unique contributions. The second part looks at the justice and criminal justice field and the use of psychology and restorative justice with specific cases such as sexual violence, female prisoners and the impact that colonisation can have on communities. Both parts pay attention to the ways that restorative justice can feed into psychosocial dynamics related to peace spanning from within individuals to across borders and institutions. 

Table of contents

Series Editor’s Preface:                 Christie, Daniel J.

Editors’ Preface:                            Theo Gavrielides and Gabriel Velez

Note on Contributors


Introduction: Restorative justice and psychology for peace – Theo Gavrielides and Gabriel Velez


Part I: Restorative justice and peace psychology in relation to educational settings


Chapter 1: Diverse Approaches for Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools – Jamee Carroll, Astrida Kaugars and John Grych


Chapter 2: Taking a Developmental Perspective on Restorative Justice in Schools - Holly Recchia, Cecilia Wainryb and Laura Pareja Conto


Chapter 3: Developing Youth Peacebuilders: The Potential of School-Based Restorative Justice in the USA – Gabriel Velez and Antonio Butler


Chapter 4: Transforming School Cultures and Student Discipline:  A Restorative Justice Solution for Schools - Allison Ann Payne & Kelly Welch 


Chapter 5: Developing a more restorative pedagogy: How restorative justice principles can inform the teaching enterprise - Mikhail Lyubansky


Chapter 6: Decolonizing Education Through Restorative Justice: A Framework for Cognitive Justice - Gwynn Alexander, Antonio Luque and David Karp


Part II: Restorative justice and peace psychology in relation to criminal justice


Chapter 7: Peacebuilding and Systemic Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Exploitation: LOTUS’s Untold Stories – Rachel Monaco and Emily Nolan


Chapter 8: Creating equity and restoring relationships for Hawai‘i’s imprisoned women 

through cooperative education - Lorenn Walker, Hannah Humphreys & Leela Bilmes Goldstein


Chapter 9: Promoting Coping and Resilience through Reparation - Thomas Toscano


Chapter 10: The Untreated Wounds of Crime Victims in Tanzania: A Psychological Consideration – Julena Gabagambi


Epilogue: Gabriel Velez and Theo Gavrielides


About the Editors




Editorial Guidelines for authors
Peer-Reviewed  | Original contributions only, based on unpublished data | British English Spelling | Chapter length: 7,000 - 9,000 inclusive of references | Publication date: Summer 2022 | APA Referencing System Indexing GuidelinesPermissions' Copyrights FormContributor's Copyrights' Agreement Form | Editorial Guidelines | Key style points |


To contact the editors email Velez, Gabriel gabriel.velez@marquette.edu | Theo Gavrielides t.gavrielides@rj4all.org

9 Episode of the RJ Webinar Series by Theo Gavrielides: Prof. Valez on virtual restorative justice