Resolution Institute conference

Spotlight on practice

16–17 October 2019, Wellington NZ

The FV-RJ 'fit' - understanding family violence programmes and the timing for a Restorative Justice process

with Mike Cagney and Jon Everest

Mike and Jon will review family violence (FV) programme content and outcomes and the ‘fit’ this has with the Restorative Justice Model and practice.

The workshop offers participants opportunity to:

  • Understand the core content of a FV Programme and the expected outcomes to deem a programme ‘fully completed’;
  • Identify the compatible victim – informed practices of FV and RJ work that can support common outcomes;
  • Explore the ‘stages’ of work from ‘crisis-intervention-resolution’ and Restorative Justice as a ‘re-solution’ stage of intervention;
  • Discuss the ‘difference’ of Family Violence to other types of offending and the rationale for ‘timing and pacing’ of the RJ process;
  • Explore what ‘apology’ and ‘responsibility’ mean in FV and RJ work;
  • Reflect upon practice experiences of collaboration between FV and RJ work.

Mike Cagney has worked for 35 years in domestic violence programmes, sex offender treatment programmes and statutory child protection work in the roles of social worker, therapist and service manager. He has an academic background in social work and counselling and regularly provides training in therapy and family work with people who harm others.

Mike is an approved provider of DV programmes, an approved Family Court counsellor and currently works in private practice in Wellington Region. He regularly trains Corrections staff in Victoria and Queensland and trains and supervises DV workers in New Zealand.

He has an active interest in ‘Re-Solution’ strategies, he has been published and contributes to policy and practice focused upon connecting victim and offender work. Mike has a long-standing interest in supporting Restorative Justice practices in the Domestic Violence field.

Jon Everest is 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’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.

Jon is a mediation and restorative justice trainer and assessor.