Building Bridges

Nominated 2022

Country: Czech Republic

Region: Implemented nationwide

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Criminality, Victim support, Offender support

Project owner: Mezinárodní vězeňské společenství (Prison fellowship Czech republic)

Responsible person: Gabriela Kabátová

Website: Weblink

What is it about?

Building Bridges is aiming to help victims and offenders through an innovative approach of restorative justice - the restorative dialog between unrelated victims and offenders. This dialog is led by facilitators. The project has been held in prisons. During the meetings, unrelated victims and offenders experience substantial inner change. Victim is healing her trauma and her sufferings, offender is empathizing with a victim, who is harmed. This project has a great positive impact for both groups. The core of the innovation is that this two, so contrasting groups, can cooperate and self-help.