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Restorative Justice (RJ)

Restorative Justice (RJ) is an ethical framework that focuses on building community by living our shared values of respect, honesty, responsibility, and compassion. RJ has its roots in indigenous traditions, which uphold the belief that people are interconnected and focus on the role of community. Restorative practices can create the environment necessary for building and sustaining relationships, maintaining shared accountability, repairing damage caused by harmful behaviors, and ultimately improving team culture.

Duke Health integrates restorative justice principles into our work to build trust, strengthen relationships, and repair harm between team members by centering individual and community needs.

Proactive Circles

We focus on building relationships, trust, and belonging across Duke Health. To that end, we facilitate community-building circles in units and departments to foster our connectedness and to increase our trust in each other and in our teams. We do this work proactively to prevent conflict, improve communication, and cultivate belonging.

Responsive Circles

When harm has occurred, we offer a guided, structured process to bring all participants together, create a safe and confidential space, promote accountability and taking responsibility, and work to repair the harm in an inclusive and collaborative way within the context of their community.

More questions? Want to discuss bringing restorative practices to your area? Contact melissa.segal@duke.edu