The AIM Project has been pioneering work in the field of restorative approaches to Harmful Sexual Violence since 2004. Initially through running a small demonstration case load which informed the development of the AIM Restorative training programme which has been delivered extensively across the UK and Europe and the publication of both practice manuals and guidance.
Both the practice guidance and the Restorative Assessment framework has been regularly updated to keep abreast of recent international learning gained from the AIM Projects involvement as the UK representatives on the two year EU funded Daphne project on ‘Developing integrated responses to sexual violence; An interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice‘ Leuven University 2015.
More recently the AIM Project has widened its interest in the the use of restorative practice to assist in family reunification in intrafamilial/sibling HSB cases. Restorative practice offers a powerful means of articulating and addressing issues such as familial shame, opening up denial, blame of victims and the need to work in partnership with a range of professionals.
As a consequence we are now using the terms Restorative Practice rather than Restorative Justice to include restorative work outside of the formal criminal justice system.
The Current Restorative Practice Guidance is being amended to include the revised and update Restorative Assessment framework and will be available from spring 2020.