Project Restore

 

Find more about Project Restore on their website and Facebook Page.

Enquiries for referrals to Services Manager Fiona Landon on 027 437 6995 or by email to referrals@projectrestore.nz

About Project Restore

Project Restore, an incorporated society, grew out of an interest group that was called for by Dr Shirley Jülich and Dr Kim McGregor at an Auckland conference in 2004 (at which Professor Mary Koss reported on the RESTORE programme from Arizona, United States of America) and emerged as a response to the frustration of victim-survivors of sexual violence who were pursuing justice in the conventional criminal justice system.*

Project Restore is unique in that its formation has been driven by victim-survivors of sexual violence. It aims to provide victim-survivors with an experience of a sense of justice, support offenders to understand the impacts of their behaviour and facilitate the development of an action plan which might include reparation to the victim and therapeutic programmes for the offender.

Project Restore was inspired by RESTORE, the research of Dr Shirley Jülich and counsellors from Auckland Sexual Abuse Help (ASAH) who have from time to time assisted victims to experience a sense of justice in other ways, such as civil cases and face-to-face facilitated meetings.

Project Restore operates across community agencies. Its services and practice models are the result of extensive collaboration between victim-survivor advocates, established community organisations such as Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP, SAFE Network, Rape Prevention Education, Korowai Tumanako (formerly Tiaki Tinana, a Māori programme formerly within Rape Prevention Education), and other agencies working with victim-survivors and offenders.

Project Restore personnel have worked closely with existing restorative justice providers to develop safe processes, based on New Zealand’s conferencing model which is used in the adult criminal justice jurisdiction. It aims to provide victim-survivors with an experience of a sense of justice, support offenders to understand the impacts of their behaviour and facilitate the development of an action plan which might include reparation to the victim and therapeutic programmes for the offender.

Members of Project Restore’s Executive and Practice Committees

  • Dr Shirley Jülich, senior lecturer in Social Policy, School of Health and Social Services, Massey University
  • Dr Kim McGregor, Director of Rape Prevention Education
  • Kathryn McPhillips, Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Manager of Help (formerly Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation)
  • Fiona Landon, Programme Director, Project Restore NZ
  • Jennifer Annan, Justice Services Counsellor at Project Restore NZ

Project Restore Papers

  • Yes, There is Another Way! Authors: Shirley Jülich*, Kim McGregor, Jennifer Annan, Fiona Landon, Dorothy McCarrison, Kathryn McPhillips
  • The Project Restore Report: Project Restore, An Exploratory Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence, May 2010. Dr. Shirley Jülich, Dr. John Buttle, Christine Cummins, Erin V. Freeborn

Project Restore News

* Dr Shirley Jülich is a senior lecturer in Social Policy, School of Health and Social Services, Massey University: S.J.Julich@massey.ac.nz. This commentary was originally presented by Dr Kim McGregor (Director of Rape Prevention Education) and Jennifer Annan (Counsellor at Auckland Sexual Abuse Help) at a workshop convened by Jeremy Finn, Elisabeth McDonald and Yvette Tinsley and hosted by Victoria University’s Faculty of Law on April 18 and 19.