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The Transformative Justice Project

“Individual accountability is not a substitute for systemic change.”
― Jamie Arpin-Ricci

What is this project's aim?

Through the Transformative Justice Project, team Imaara aspires to ethically engage in research on transformative justice, a study that can potentially inform policy and law making, training, and education surrounding sexual and gender-based violence prevention. 

What is transformative justice & why is it important?

As a political method and framework to address violence, abuse, and harm, transformative justice can be beneficial to communities, systems and services in the following ways: 

  • Transformative justice approaches violence with the perspective of reducing harm and not creating more violence out of existing forms of harm. 

  • Transformative justice addresses the factors that facilitate trauma and the root causes for sexual and gender-based violence to occur. 

  • It acknowledges that sexual violence is deeply rooted in capitalism, poverty, trauma, isolation, heterosexism, cis-sexism, white supremacy, misogyny, ableism, mass incarceration, displacement, war, gender oppression, xenophobia, etc. 

  • It acknowledges that communities have a collective responsibility in perpetrating violence.

  • Transformative justice  aims to mend the harm that has already been created and continues to exist. 

  • Healing, accountability, resilience, and safety for everyone is propagated through transformative justice. 

  • Transformative justice strives to support survivors or victims who have been harmed. 

  • Transformative justice strives to reform the person or group of people who have caused harm and encourages accountability. 

  • Transformative justice encourages communities to take accountability for any harm members were complicit in and includes capacity building for community members to be active bystanders. 


Discover restorative and transformative justice. (n.d.).  Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Retrieved May 30, 2023 from

Mingus, M. (2019). Transformative Justice: A Brief Description. Transform harm: A resource hub for ending violence.

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