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Learn more about what restorative justice is from victims of crime

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November 07, 2015 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - A national week to commemorate the practice of restorative justice is coming up at Thompson Rivers University, which will host a symposium for participants to teach locals more about it.

Restorative justice is a healing approach for victims of crime and conflict, and gains accountability from offenders without vengeance. The approach is a way to open lines of communication between offenders and victims for eventual reconciliation.

Sociology and anthropology students at TRU have participated and volunteered for restorative justice programs in Kamloops, and have a specific course in which to learn more about the process.

The one-day event, on Nov. 13 will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will feature keynote speakers Alana Abramson, who has studied the practice in various roles for 15 years, and Dona Lemieux who works as a case manager on campus with the student and judicial affairs office.

Ian and Marlyn Ferguson will be guest speakers at the event to share more about their first hand experience with restorative justice after their son, Graeme, was murdered in 2005.

Tickets to the event in the university's campus activity centre building are $50 for members of the general public. Those who are retired, unemployed, seniors or students can pay $15 to attend. To purchase a ticket click here. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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