Marilyn Armour, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. She holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. Prior to becoming an academic, she was a psychotherapist with an emphasis on violent death, trauma, and family relationships.
Armour’s work focuses on the healing of victims, offenders and the community related to crime and wrongdoing. In that regard, she has conducted studies on the effectiveness of restorative justice interventions for violent crime, in the prison system, in schools, for domestic violence and community restoration as well as the mechanisms of action in the interventions that lead to change. Armour’s research also emphasizes the experiences and healing of family members of homicide victims specific to meaning-making in the aftermath of tragedy, the impact of the offender’s sentence on survivor well-being, the remaining family members after domestic fatalities, and the process of meaning-making for Holocaust survivors during and after the war.
In addition to her research, Armour is the Director of Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), a statewide program that provides a bridge between victim-survivors and defense teams, especially in capital cases.Armour is the author of books, journal articles and book chapters on these topics. She serves as a consultant to numerous agencies and organizations that are developing and using restorative practices. She is a founding member of and officer for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.
Family members of homicide victims, restorative justice implementation and evaluation, school-to-prison pipeline, restorative dialogue, qualitative research methods, violent death.
- Texas Schools Restorative Discipline Project (2018)
- The Paradox of Forgiveness: Letting Go of the Outcome to Produce a Greater Good (2016)
- Kipp Austin Connections Elementary Restorative Discipline Program (2015)
- Proposal for Restorative Discipline: A Proactive Approach to Discipline Management (2015)
- Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) in Texas Capital Cases (Open Society Institute) (2013)
- Forgiveness, resilience, and survivorship among Holocaust survivors (2010)
- Defense Initiated Victim Outreach: A pilot in two states (2009)
- Capital case litigation: DIVO training for Texas litigators (2009)
- Bridges to Life: Thematic analysis of offender responses to an in-prison restorative justice initiative (2005)
- State survey of crime victims with disabilities (2005)
- Evaluation of the Exceptional Care Pilot Project (2003)
- Victim Offender Mediated/Dialogue in crimes of severe violence (2003)
- Managing Multiple Roles with Social Work Students (2003)
- Teaching and Learning Cultural Competence in Social Work Field Education (2003)
- Lived experience of recovery from severe mental illness (2003)
- Developing clinical interventions for family members of homicide victims (2003)
- Impact of the Ultimate Death Penal Sanction on the Healing of Family Survivors of Homicide Victims (Marquette University)
- Institute for Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue
- Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) in Texas Capital Cases (Atlantic Philanthropies)