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'Restorative justice (RJ) is a multi-layered concept that does not easily lend itself to a universal definition. Although the terms restorative practice, restorative approaches or restorative measures are used in the international community, in this Canadian study the term RJ is used to refer to the philosophical approach that views harm as a violation of people and relationships rather than as a violation of rules or laws. RJ is a growing social movement – globally and in Canada – that practices peaceful, constructive approaches to violations of legal and human rights and is “about learning to live in a better relationship with oneself and others”. The centrality of relationships makes RJ relevant not only to the justice system, but to most social organizations, including schools.'