Conference: Transformative and Restorative Justice for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Massachusetts

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 379


Invited Speakers: Mimi Kim, Creative Interventions; Dara Bayer; Strong Oak Lefebvre, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition; Ejeris Dixon; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna- SamarasinhaFamilies for Justice As Healing; Mirror Memoirs and more

Co-hosted by: JDI, Massachusetts TJ/RJ SDV Working Group, Victim Rights Law Center, Massachusetts Women of Color Network, Transition House, Emerge, Saheli, Restorative Justice Coalition of Massachusetts and more. 

This event is made possible through a grant from the Life Comes From It Foundation a fund of the Tides Foundation.

Advocates in mainstream sexual and domestic violence (SDV) programs often describe frustrations we feel with the limitations of criminal justice system responses for survivors. Each of us know of survivors who talk about the retraumatization they experience when going through a criminal justice system process. Many of us know of survivors who have been directly harmed by criminal legal system actors.

As a society, we are in a moment of reflection and reevaluation of the role of law enforcement in our communities. Mainstream DSV programs are engaging deeply in these discussions. We are asking ourselves to honestly assess how our reliance on criminal justice systems has harmed the most marginalized survivors.

In communities most impacted by structural violence, there is significant distrust of mainstream domestic and sexual violence agencies. For many survivors, our agencies have represented the introduction of unwanted state intervention and/or sites of racist or transphobic violence, judgment, coercion or pressure to engage in criminal system remedies at the risk of harm to themselves, their families or communities.

But what else is possible? What is transformative justice? What is restorative justice?  Can these processes be facilitated in survivor-centered ways? What are the benefits and risks to survivors when utilizing these practices? What is the role of SDV providers in making these processes available to survivors? 

Join us on November 19-20, 2020 for an exploration of these topics. We will bring together national and local leaders for a critical discussion on how we can create more options for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in MA.

Day 1: Webinar Conference: Open to the Public

9:30AM EST Check-in/Log-on

9:45AM EST Opening Remarks

10:00AMEST  Panel: Transforming Our Culture of Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence

11:30AM EST  Lunch Break

1:00 PM EST Carceral Systems, Survivorship and Transformative Approaches to Accountability

2:30 PM  EST 30 Minute Break

3:00 PM EST Mimi Kim: Creative Interventions Model and Possibilities for SDV Providers

4:30 PM EST Closing

Day 2: Discussion Groups and Healing Circle: Limited Audience 
( Attendance limited to non-profit and/or grassroots service providers and/or community members working with SDV survivors)

9:30 AM 11:30 AM EST Workshop: Envisioning Possibilities for Our Work

12:30PM - 2:30 PM EST Practitioner Roundtable and Discussion

3:00 PM- 4:30 PM EST Healing Circle for Survivors of SDV  

Privacy Notice: JDI will record the event; by registering for this conference you give your permission for your likeness to be included in any and all materials created by JDI, including but not limited to print, electronic, and social media. JDI will use the Zoom Webinar platform on Day 1 to avoid recording any attendee information. The Day 2 Healing Circle will not be recorded. 


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