Who are VARJ?

The Victorian Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ) represents restorative practitioners, thinkers and policy makers in Victoria. The aim of the Association is to promote and support best practice in all forms of restorative practice. VARJ formed as an Incorporated Association in April 2005 in acknowledgment of the increasing use of restorative practices in criminal justice, child protection and school disciplinary systems.

VARJ is professional association for individuals and organisations utilising restorative justice and restorative practices. While it is the values and philosophies of restorative justice that underpin restorative practices, the common feature of restorative approaches is to bring together the group of individuals affected by a particular issue in an attempt to resolve both the practical and the emotional impacts of the issue.

The restorative philosophy is, in essence, that the negative effects that people and incidences have on other people are not primarily issues of criminality or personal deficiency, but issues of interpersonal human relationships.

VARJ Committee for 2017-2018:

President and Worplace liaison: David Moore,  Independent Consultant 

Vice-president , Secretary and Accreditation coordinator: Alikki Vernon, Independent Consultant,

Treasurer and Education liaison: Dave Vinegard, Independent Consultant,

Memberships & Workplace liaison: Michael Mitchell, Independent Consultant,

Website and communications

Regional alliances coordinator: Vince Thorne and Angela Ballard, Central Victorian Restorative Justice Alliance

Justice liaison: Daniel Clements, General Manager, Justice Programs,, Jesuit Social Services

Justice liaison: Glen McClure, Manager, Community Justice Programs, Jesuit Social Services

Committee Member Associate: Amanda Lutz, Manager, RJ Unit ACT, Department of Justice & Community Safety 

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PO Box 475, East Melbourne, Melbourne Victoria 3002
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