Restorative Justice and Gender-Based Violence in Youth Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Definitely got a good grounding in restorative justice."

"Thank you for the break down and examples."

"It was really nice to get a review (of restorative justice) and expand my knowledge."

Your Training Description

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global epidemic, adversely affecting millions of young people. Even if you believe GBV is not occurring in your youth program, there are likely participants who have experienced GBV. This training covers the basics of a restorative justice approach and the benefits and challenges of integrating it into gender-based violence prevention and response. You will learn how to be a stronger person-centered advocate while still adhering to your mandated reporter responsibilities.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn the philosophy and principles of restorative justice and restorative practices
  • Examine the similarities and differences between retributive justice, restorative justice, transformative justice, and mediation
  • Gain insight about how to identify gender-based violence
  • Consider how to implement restorative justice practices into your program as a way to respond to gender-based violence
  • Consider your ethical responsibility to young people and society in the context of gender-based violence

Your Trainers


Michele Braley (she/her), MSW, LICSW became familiar with restorative justice while working for Hennepin County when she helped develop and facilitate re-entry circles for people leaving prison. For the past 14 years she has led Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice which provides an alternative to the legal system to respond to harm and crime. She is also a facilitator for Victim-Offender Dialogues in crimes of severe violence for the MN Department of Corrections. She is the co-author of the study, Challenges and Opportunities to Using Restorative Justice for Gender-based Violence. Michele believes in the potential for restorative justice to transform not just the legal system but all aspects of how we live and work together.


Elsa Swenson (she/her) is the Program Manager of Home Free Community Program at Missions Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. She has worked with victim/survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse for 10 years providing legal advocacy, emotional support, and working towards changing systems to better address the realities of gender-based violence. Through this decade of service, Elsa has grown to believe that the legal system does not have the proper tools to repair the damage caused to individuals, families, and society by gender-based violence. She believes that restorative and transformative justice provide opportunities to respond to gender-based violence in ways that promote healing, rather than punishment, and can move us toward a more just society.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: ETHICS.

Reinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.