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Restorative  
Approaches to Elder Justice 

There is increasing interest, in Maine and around the country, in using restorative justice in elder abuse cases. Restorative approaches to justice focus on repairing the harms done to a victim or a community and require that the alleged abuser take accountability for the damage done. The goal is to reduce existing harm, prevent future harm, and better address the needs and wishes of victims and communities.

 

Restorative approaches (that are broader than traditional restorative justice, and usually used in conjunction with other methods) are uniquely suited for elder abuse. Many older adult victims do not want the person harming them to be punished, as that person is often a caregiver or family member with their own struggles. This means many older adults are reluctant to seek out or accept help

We are thrilled to be expanding options for older victims in Maine through restorative approaches to elder justice.   

Meet our Restorative Practices & Policy Consultant, Kelsey Park

Kelsey Park began facilitating Restorative Justice processes over 6 years ago and has since supported the expansion of RJ options for youth in Maine’s schools and rural communities. She brings her expertise to the EAIME team as a consultant supporting our ongoing development of the use of Restorative Practices, research, and policymaking. A systems thinker at heart, Kels often finds clarity and grounding through the transformative power of narrative storytelling. She values the innovative possibilities of co-learning, and uses this approach to bring a lightness to her trainings as we collaboratively answer the complex questions of our work. Kels currently resides with her partner and pets in Fredericton, New Brunswick with frequent visits to her hometown of Presque Isle.