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International News about Empathy applied to Conflict, Justice, Restorative Justice, Mediation and the Law. (more at CultureOfEmpathy.com)”
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European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman - YouTube

European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman
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Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy

Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Empathy is poised to become the buzzword of the 21st century– the defining trait of our social and political evolution.  Empathy will be to this century what “rights” was to the 20th century and “equality” was to the 19th century. 

As a word, a concept, and a goal empathy is omnipresent.  From parenting newborns to teaching college students, to training doctors and employees of profit-driven ventures, to effecting radical political and social change, empathy is becoming the prevailing philosophy. 

Organizations, such as Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy, design and bring to schools programs aimed at teaching primary school children and preschoolers to have more empathy
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The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes

The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, recently wrote a book entitled “Zero degrees of empathy: a new theory of human cruelty”. While I have only had the opportunity to read reviews of this book, the comments have prompted me to think of the role of empathy in restorative justice processes.

For those of you who try to implement the principles of restorative practice into your daily lives and interactions with others, I wonder how frequently you think about empathy (see below for a definition). In many circles, we talk about the offender taking “responsibility” for his/her actions. In work and community contexts, we invite people to be “curious” about the other, to withhold judgment.
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Using empathy to reduce conflict

Using empathy to reduce conflict | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
If there were only one skill that we could develop more fully in order to reduce conflict, it would be the ability to empathize. When we empathize with another, we use verbal and non-verbal cues to learn and understand what another person is experiencing. We have a chance to “walk in their shoes.”


Once we get a sense of what the other person may be feeling, it gives us a greater ability to relate to them positively. We begin to see them as more like us — we have a sense of the camaraderie of shared experience. It is easier to care about them and develop a desire to help them.


Responding with empathy and caring ‘soothes the savage beasts’ in everyone, diffusing the fear, isolation, and defensiveness that can lead to conflict.


Linda Waters, WMAC, is a certified mediator and facilitator in Ellensburg. She may be reached through her website, www.disputeoptions.com.


What Is Mediation?
http://www.freerangenation.org/mediation/ 
Going head to head with your partner, friend, neighbor or co-worker? Having a hard time with communication in a relationship? Feeling internally conflicted? Having trouble facing a conflict? Let me get in the middle.


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Restorative justice helping crime victims in Limerick

Restorative justice helping crime victims in Limerick | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The report, launched by Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick this week, identified that following the programme young people displayed a significant increase in their levels of empathy towards victims after engaging with the project, as well as reporting better family relationships and less contact with the Gardaí and court system. Parents also reported positive outcomes for family life and improved relationships.


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The project works with young people through the Probation Service, using a range of restorative justice models including face-to-face meetings, and victim empathy programmes.

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by Anne Sheridan

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Empathy turns out to be key for victims recovering from crimes committed against them.

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10 Reasons to Use Child Custody Mediation

10 Reasons to Use Child Custody Mediation | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Child custody mediation provides parents with a valuable alternative to an adversarial divorce. Through the process of mediation, parents have the opportunity to work together and create a parenting plan that honors each parent's unique contribution to their children's upbringing. Consider the following benefits of child custody mediation:
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A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting

A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

In Seattle, distance, anger, and pain remain from decades of command and control policing. The success of the Williams Restorative Circle fuels the promise that we can address that painful history, find mutual understanding, ensure accountability, and find a sense of well being and trust in agreed-upon actions moving forward....


On behalf of the family, I proposed that we approach the conflict a different way and hold a Restorative Circle consistent with a restorative justice practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter.


I had begun learning and practicing this powerful process, and it was the best method for engaging community conflict that I knew. I offered to facilitate. Police Chief John Diaz immediately agreed to the family’s request. Faced with community outrage over a problematic shooting that would require a lengthy investigation process, Chief Diaz embraced the invitation and a cutting-edge approach that would provide him and the Seattle Police Department an immediate opportunity to address the pain and issues involving the family and the larger community.

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CARIBBEAT: Calling out for empathy

CARIBBEAT: Calling out for empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Misleading and dangerous rhetoric from opposing camps skirt true goals of the continuing protests and the issue of policing practices and procedures

While Caribbean-Americans — formally and informally — are paying their respects to slain NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the city continues to wrestle with rhetoric that desperately needs some “equal empathy.”


The rhetoric continues to turn sour when PBA union president Pat Lynch, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others repeatedly say the rallies are anti-police — ignoring some bad cops, ill-trained officers and some ineffective NYPD tactics.


We need “equal empathy.” This is a two-way street...


That’s on point. Moving forward into 2015 and beyond, there’s an urgent need for equal empathy — in this city, in this nation, in this world..

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Korean RC interview with Dominc Barter

A radio interview with Dominic Barter on Restorative Circles, broadcast in Korea, November 2014
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Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools: Tier One. Community Building Circle - YouTube

Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools: Tier One. Community Building Circle - YouTube | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
A pair of students at MetWest High School, an Oakland public school in Oakland, Calif., facilitate a community-building circle in their classroom.
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You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy: A Call to Militant Empathy

You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy: A Call to Militant Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

But, what about the police? Do they also deserve our empathy?

There is so much demonization of police going on right now, that we can forget that behind the uniform is a human being. Surely the unjust deaths of civilians at the hands of police are absolutely enraging, but if we want to awaken the police to be more humane and to create systemic change, will hating them advance our cause?

What’s it like for the police when they are beating on people, or killing innocents? What drew them to that kind of “work”? What kind of system of dehumanization did THEY have to go through before they were ready to brutalize others?


By Peijman Kouretchian

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(NPR: Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

(NPR:  Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.


One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.


Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

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Three core conditions for restorative justice to work

Three core conditions for restorative justice to work | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Carl Rogers, in the 1950s, defined some core conditions necessary for restorative justice to work. Rogers’ thesis was “in order to develop a healthy self-concept, we need to experience three core conditions in our relationship with those around us.” Richard Hendry, in his book “Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools,” identifies the three core conditions as empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.


Rogers asks the questions “Why do these core conditions matter?


How can children learn to understand how someone else feels – to be empathic – if they do not experience empathy from others?


How can children learn to value themselves and others as unique individuals if we cannot value them for who they truly are? How can we ask children to be honest and open with us if we are not offering them an honest reflection of who we are, what we think and how we feel?”

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Global Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Dr. Theo Gavrielides - YouTube

The presentation given by Prof. Theo Gavrielides, during the first workshop of the Restorative Justice Extending Empathy project, held at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK on January 12th.


The speech addresses and reflects on global perceptions of empathy as well as its links to rehabilitation and restorative justice. 

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Empathy and Restorative Justice: Why foucus on empathy, Gamman

Empathy and Restorative Justice:
Why focus on empathy,  

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Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One

Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Program 

http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement with other disciplines.


The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively discipline exchange.

Restorative Justice-Empathy-Rehabilitation: Globaly
http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


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Restorative Justice That Works with Sunny Schwartz

Restorative Justice That Works with Sunny Schwartz | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about getting tough on crime. You could say it’s working—in 2007 we had ten million Americans in prison or on probation.


But is that really what we’re after? Attorney Sunny Schwartz says, “That ‘tough on crime’ stuff is such a fallacy, and it’s been hijacked. It’s a sham. When you have prisoners doing nothing all day on the backs of our hardworking taxpaying money, with a seventy percent failure rate, you know something is really wrong. We’ve been doing the same thing for 150 years. It’s about time we start getting tough on crime in an effective, smart, and successful way.” 


She’s developed a highly effective and smart alternative, one that asks prisoners to be accountable to their victims, and puts them in a rigorous program of education and rehabilitation. The results are nothing short of astounding.


You’ll be fascinated as this tough-yet-tender, Chicago-born lawyer shares a no-nonsense approach to incarceration, that promises to make us all a little saner and a whole lot safer.(hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

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The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution

The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Empathy has a profound ability to transform the way in which we resolve and understand conflicts. Empathy enables individuals to open their hearts and minds to not only see and understand the world from the perspective of others, but also to act in a way that is more likely to lead to a peaceful solution. In order to better understand empathy and its impact on conflict resolution, this paper will first address conflict, then empathy, how the two relate to one another, and finally, the essential nature of empathy in conflict resolution.

 

by Anna Titulaer

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Obama’s Empathy Rule: Alive and Well in the Second Term

Obama’s Empathy Rule: Alive and Well in the Second Term | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The value of “empathy” as the primary criterion for selecting judges must be eradicated, as should the practical application of that value, which usually means emphasizing race, sexual preference, gender, and political affiliation over basic qualifications and standards. So long as this subversive trend continues, President Obama’s judicial nominees should receive a heightened level of scrutiny from senators.

 

With the possibility of additional Supreme Court nominations in President Obama’s second term, he must square with the Senate and the American people about his view of a judge’s proper role.

 

James Christophersen

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Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Andrea Brenneke, Williams’ lawyer, suggested arranging a restorative circle that would bring the family and police together to candidly discuss: the effects of the shooting; how to bridge the cultural gap between Native Americans and police; and ways to prevent unwarranted killings in the future.


Both Police Chief John Diaz and Williams agreed to the restorative circle. Having no previous experience in conducting them, Brenneke started researching restorative circles and how to get the best results. About two weeks after the shooting, they met.

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America’s fear of black rage: Why tragic NYPD shootings are so misunderstood

America’s fear of black rage: Why tragic NYPD shootings are so misunderstood | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

by BRITTNEY COOPER


Whipped into a predictable but regrettable frenzy, the NYPD blamed the mayor for showing empathy with protestors, declared themselves a “wartime police department,” and promised that they would “act accordingly.”


In the midst of understandable grief and perhaps fear, the NYPD and those who support them uncritically have chosen to engage in the kind of dishonest, incendiary rhetoric that only inflames an already volatile situation.


Let us not forget that the same police who claim protestors have gone to war against them antagonized demonstrators by wearing shirts proclaiming, “I can breathe” in the midst of demonstrations last week. Police also held #BlueLivesMatter rallies. Their callous disregard for Eric Garner’s life should be set alongside their demand for our automatic grief and empathy for these slain officers.

To be clear, I am deeply disheartened by the pain and grief that the families of Officers Liu and Ramos must now endure. Those officers did not deserve to lose their lives.


But the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, John Crawford and Tamir Rice are worthy of equal empathy.


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Restorative Justice in a Nutshell - YouTube

Produced by Stories Matter Media Additional footage contributed by Kevin Rodriguez and Stories Matter Media. Soundtrack by Khalid An-Nur
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Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

I am a former cop, but I am also an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. This puts me in a unique position with the recent high profile cases in Ferguson and New York. Many social activists have used these cases as poster-children for racial inequality, police brutality, and all that is wrong with our justice system.....


Where is the constructive dialogue? Where is the path to progress? At this point, the details of each case do not matter. What matters is how do we move on from here?...


What if we stopped yelling and screaming at each other, and decided to proactively learn from each other? What if we seek out opportunities for dialogue between police officers and the citizens that they serve, outside of these confrontational moments?


What if officers could explain what an encounter feels like for them, how use of force works, how they perceive threats to their safety (e.g. a person who won’t take his hands out of his pockets)?


By Burke Brownfeld, 

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The killing of the two officers in New York is a terrible tragedy.  Police reform will save lives.  it will also make for a better relationship between law enforcement and the public.  This will make it less dangerous for law enforcement.  Here is an article from Burke Brownfeld of Alexandria, Virginia. He is a former police office who writes about need for empathy to make relations better.

 

#deadlyforcereform

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THE ROLE OF EMPATHY IN CRIME, POLICING, AND JUSTICE

THE ROLE OF EMPATHY IN CRIME, POLICING, AND JUSTICE | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

How Empathy Matters


My associates and I have reviewed recent research and done some additional analyses to pin down what is currently known about empathy – and perceptions of empathy – in the realm of crime and justice. When other factors, like age, sex, race, education, and income are taken into account, empathy turns out to matter in several ways:


Empathetic people are less likely to engage in delinquency or crime.

But those who have trouble perceiving how others feel, and have difficulty sharing those feelings, are more likely to engage in wrongful acts – everything from minor juvenile delinquency to the most serious of violent crimes. 


Empathy affects how people think about crime and punishment in complex ways.

People capable of empathy tend to support tough punishments for crime, but at the same time they are less likely to call for the harshest punishments, such as the death penalty.


Empathy and perceptions of empathy help to shape the interactions of police and members of the communities they are assigned to protect.

Research on citizen interactions with the police has consistently indicated that the way officers behave determines how they are evaluated by people with whom they interact. When we probe in detail, it turns out community members have more positive evaluations of the police when officers communicate that they understand the issues that matter to community members. Studies specifically show that the police are more likely to be trusted and considered effective at their jobs when they display empathy with the community’s concerns. 

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(NPR: Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

(NPR:  Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.


One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.


Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

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