Who we are
Open Circle conducts restorative justice processes for a range of crimes in the adult jurisdiction, as well as other incidents of harm like workplace injuries and traffic collisions. Restorative justice processes, such as conferences, involve those affected by a crime or other incident of harm coming together to address what has happened, its impact on people, and implications for the future.
Open Circle also consults on restorative practices and programs for organisations and conducts research.
Open Circle was established in October 2019 by the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University following a successful pilot restorative justice program for victims, offenders and others involved in motor vehicle collisions where someone had been killed or seriously injured. Driven to continue to make restorative justice processes more accessible to people impacted by crime or other harms in Victoria, the CIJ, with financial support from RMIT University, established Open Circle.
Open Circle consists of a highly skilled team of restorative justice practitioners and justice system experts who work closely with their colleagues at RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice. Learn more about the Open Circle team here.
The Open Circle vision
Open Circle puts people at the centre of our processes. We believe in people’s capacity to draw on their own resilience, wisdom and strength when they are faced with unwelcome and unexpected life circumstances. Open Circle’s restorative processes aim to respond to harm in ways that don’t make things worse.
Open Circle recognises that harm occurs within a social and structural context. By bringing people together, Open Circle’s restorative processes can enable people to address the context of harm and work towards preventing future harm.