Elaine has been working in the field of restorative justice since 1989. For the first 15 years of her career, she was part of the pioneering generation of contemporary restorative justice practitioners whose focus was on the Criminal Justice System. For the past decade, Elaine has focused on how restorative justice applies to historical violations, including issues of intergenerational trauma and healing. In 2015, she completed a Doctor of Ministry thesis, entitled “Facing History with Courage: Toward a Restorative Solidarity,” which focused on historical responsibility, communal narratives, and intergenerational trauma among Canadian Prairie Settler Mennonites and its impacts on their relationships with Indigenous neighbors.
Elaine describes her work in Restorative Justice over the last thirty years in the online journal Rock! Paper! Scissors! Tools for anarchist + Christian thought and action, Vol 1. No 3, published 3/6/2019 (www.jesusradicals.com/vol-1-no-3/journey-into-restorative-justice)
All Elaine’s publications can be seen in her bibliography (PDF).