Restorative justice referrals in the context of family violence: a practitioner lens on the ‘how to’

with Waana Joyce and Jon Everest

Waana and Jon will present some ‘real life’ case studies of restorative justice referrals within a family violence context, some of which have proceeded to conference and some of which haven’t, due to safety reasons.

Participants will have the opportunity to work through these case studies giving consideration to: how they might assess each referral; the potential risks; some holistic approaches that may be used; and identifying support systems that might allow at risk whānau to participate in a conference.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Waana and Jon about their practice considerations, share their own ideas and hear from others about the many ways a referral can be worked for a positive outcome.

Waana Joyce
Restorative Justice Facilitator
āti Hine Health Trust

My name is Waana Joyce and and I am a mother of four beautiful children whose ages range from 10 years to 18 years old.

I currently work full time as a Restorative Justice Facilitator in the Northland region servicing three district courts which include a pilot family violence list court and the Matariki Court which has a rehabilitive approach to working with our whānau.

I have worked in the Restorative Justice space for five years and have been accredited as a facilitator with family violence special endorsement for almost three years. In my time with Restorative Justice I have recieved over 1300 referrals and sadly a large majority of those have involved some form of family violence.

I have a keen interest in providing our whānau an opportunity to find their voice in a safe environment and identify the best outcomes for themselves and their wider whānau.

Jon Everest
Mediator, Restorative Practitioner, Trainer, Supervisor

Jon is an independent restorative practitioner, mediator, and professional supervisor. Until recently he was Senior Consultant, Practice Development at the Diana Unwin Chair of Restorative Justice at Victoria University of Wellington.

He is a Fellow of the Resolution Institute, an advanced accredited mediator, family dispute resolution provider and restorative justice facilitator, with endorsements for working with family violence and sexual offending. Jon is a trainer for Resolution Institute in Mediation, Restorative Justice and Restorative practice.

Jon’s first career was as a Police Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police before completing his Masters in the area of crime and violence, and further studies and training in dispute resolution.