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Restorative Justice Publications

Restorative Justice Action Research in High Schools in Fiji

Research team:
Claudia Millucci- Consultant Lead Researcher
Menka Goundan- Research Officer Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding,
Rachana Kumari- Research Assistant,
Paulini Turagabeci -Research Assistant
Simione Sevudredre -Research Assistant
Editing Team:
Seona Smiles- Editorial Consultant
Florence Swamy- PCP Executive Director
Veni Cakau- PCP Restorative Justice Facilitator
Uate Tamanikaiyaroi-PCP Program Manager

The study indicates that some corporal punishment and student suspension continued to exist in schools after the policy was introduced, and that some teachers and parents favour the reinstatement of corporal punishment. A considerable number cited the biblical verse “spare the rod and spoil the child” as a sanctioning authority. More than half the students in the study reported corporal punishment in school, more often for incomplete homework than for misbehavior, and almost half the students reported the use of corporal punishment in the family. More than half agreed that corporal punishment was not necessary, and generated poor academic performance and had an impact on psycho social development, while a majority agreed that violence is unacceptable because it is a violation of children’s rights.

 

PCP Restorative Justice Victim & Offender Conferencing Case Study 2013-2016

Authors
Florence Swamy PCP Executive Director
Uate Tamanikaiyaroi PCP Program Manager
Laisana Rakula PCP Program Assistant
Contributors
Veni Cakau PCP RJ Facilitator
Isimeli David Ravia PCP Facilitator
David Whippy PCP Facilitator
Mataiyasi Yaya PCP RJ Program Assistant
Anamaria Uluilakeba PCP Facilitator
Grace Fox PCP Communications Officer
Lita Stolz PCP Executive Assistant
Erika Hill PCP Intern

This publication is a culmination of 3years’ work on the implementation of PCP’s Restorative Justice (RJ) Program. The work on the cases discussed here demonstrate the successful use of Restorative Justice Principles and tools and how they have
helped heal the harm that has been done. They are real cases where both the victim and offender have interacted with a genuine desire to heal and to move on. The healing and restoration in Restorative Justice occurs for both the victim and the offender in contrast to Retributive Justice focuses only on the offender.
In the initial phases of the project, PCP facilitators provided institutional awareness in eight correctional centers around
Fiji. Working with the Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) the work involved providing awareness in RJ principles and tools in
institutions, visiting victims/offender/community to explain what was involved in RJ processes and to obtain their consent
to engage in their cases. The ranges of cases PCP worked on included burglary, theft, rape and murder. Of the cases we
worked, four were successfully completed. We could not complete two cases due to matters beyond our control.
Our successes in the implementation of this program include victim empathy, meeting with offender/victim, obtaining the required consent to convene Victim Offender Conferencing and Family Group Conferencing, restoration of broken relationships in families; and for the victims, counselling sessions and inter-organization collaboration to ease their reintegration into society.

PCP Restorative Justice in Fiji’s High Schools Case Studies 2015-2016

Authors
Florence Swamy PCP Executive Director
Uate Tamanikaiyaroi PCP Program Manager
Laisana Rakula PCP Program Assistant
Contributors
Veni Cakau PCP RJ Facilitator
Isimeli David Ravia PCP Facilitator
Sindhu Prasad PCP Facilitator
Anamaria Uluilakeba PCP Facilitator
Grace Fox PCP Communications Officer