Restorative Justice and engaging with men who have caused harm 

with Dr John Waldon

Engaging with men in restorative Justice often has men cast in the role of the harmer and their partner and whānau as those harmed. This presents many challenges to facilitators.

During this presentation, John will share a paper exploring the issues that facilitators face when engaging with men who cause harm.

Important factors for whānau includes equity and how this predisposes whānau to a cascade of interventions that place whānau at risk. Overarching the process of restorative justice is safety, and this may be assessed in a dynamic manner, thereby providing an opening for all parties to participate in addressing harm and restoring relationships.

A special case will be provided for Māori to illustrate the notion of agency and therefore perspective(s) facilitators may hold when exploring strategies to engage with men and whānau.

The session will then open up to discussion with all participants, a time for questions, thoughts and sharing the strategies available to facilitators.


Dr John Waldon
Restorative Justice Facilitator

John is of Māori, Chinese and European descent, with iwi affiliations to Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Pōrou.

John and his wife Fiona live in Palmerston North where John practices as a RJ facilitator.

He is also an elected member of the MidCentral District Health Board and holds the honorary title of Professor at Sydney University.