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Restorative justice seeks to meet the needs of both victims and offenders. These articles discuss practice issues and working with victims.

Storytelling: Simple but profound
by Lynette Parker I hesitate to write about storytelling and restorative justice as a lot of people have written about the profound impact of this form of communication. A quick search for the term “storytelling” on Restorative Justice Online returns 29 different entries by people such as Kris Miner and Kay Pranis. Yet, I’ve recently been reminded of how important storytelling can be not only in communication but for an individual processing through pain and loss. I remember talking with a woman who had lost her son in an automobile accident that involved drunk driving. She expressed a series of emotions ranging from grief to anger to denial. In telling me about the impact of her son’s death, she also described her anger and frustration with the criminal justice system in that her family was denied an opportunity to tell their story. She summed up all this in saying that they deserved the right to have the conference with the young man who had been driving that day. They deserved to be able to tell him how profoundly that one night had changed their lives.
why victims support restorative justice
Thank you for posting this article. I think one of the most powerful arguments for restorative justice is when we listen to victims about the [...]
'Why I confronted the man who raped me’
from David Barrett's article in The Sunday Telegraph: Dr Claire Chung, who has agreed to waive her anonymity in The Sunday Telegraph, was raped twice in the stinking stairwell of a multi-storey car park, and the crime caused her life to collapse “like a pack of cards”. Dr Chung, a highly regarded GP with more than 20 years’ medical experience, lost her job, her marriage and her home after being raped by Stephen Allen Gale, who had been released from prison for another sexual offence just one day earlier. But following the attack, which she described in chilling detail, Dr Chung negotiated with the authorities to allow a meeting with Gale in prison. The meeting was organised as part of a “restorative justice” scheme, which brings criminals face to face with their victims.
I think that it's not unorthodox to offer the possibility of meeting, but it would be hard for either party. I mean, how do you [...]
Redeeming the Wounded: New book features new vision for victims’ justice
from the press release at In 2008 approximately 16,262 people were murdered in the U.S., leaving family and friends to grieve the loss. (Source: NCVRW Resource Guide) Many faith-based organizations want to help but do not know how. Due to budget cuts, funding for rehabilitation and educational, faith-based counseling programs for prisoners and crime victims has suffered in almost every locality. A new way to handle these problems is discussed in Redeeming the Wounded by Rev. Dr. B. Bruce Cook ( and under “crime victim resources”). Cook’s new vision of victim justice involves a concept of fair and equal treatment for crime victims and prisoners based on principles of restorative justice and restitution. ....Cook’s call to action includes:
Because we have a system that is known as the 'justice system', I understand that we probably need to differentiate Restorative Justice from mere 'justice'. [...]
Laura's Law: Remembering the victims of violence
by Lisa Rea Considering gun related violence and its impact on the victims, I remember the courageous work of Amanda and Nick Wilcox in Northern California in the name of their daughter, Laura. A recent press piece describes what they have done to fight violence since the shooting death of their daughter at the hands of Scott Thorpe on January 10, 2001.
The promise of restorative justice: New approaches for criminal justice and beyond
reviewed by Martin Wright It is becoming increasingly clear that the principles of restorative justice can be used, as the editors say, outside the formal criminal justice system, and this book bears witness to that. Half is about criminal justice, and half about other applications in schools and elsewhere. The contributors reflect the book’s origins among a group at Fresno Pacific University in California, but other chapters come from Bulgaria, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
We all have the rigth to feel safe all the time
 I am a health care provider/counsellor for victims of the MARPS (Most At Risk Populations).My most recent victim is a sixteen year old female who [...]
Making RJ Available to Victims At Any Time
Absolutely, Brian. I particularly agree with your comment about making RJ available to victims at any time. There should be no statute of limitations on [...]
Victims to meet offenders
I would like to see people who have been victimized, or a person who they have suggested (surrogate) have the right to meet with the [...]
Denying Crime Victims the Option to Meet their Offenders
Alfonso, I don't recall being in touch but glad we have been! It's good you are having this discussion in a class on victimology. Where [...]
i agree that victims should have the option to meet with their offenders
I agree with the notion that victims should have the option to meet with their offenders if they so chose to do so. I am [...]
Victims ask for restorative justice: are we ready?
Thank you for posting this story. Again, victims of violent crime are increasingly asking for restorative justice. They are hearing of the great value of [...]
Blackburn father wants to meet his son's killer
from the article by Sam Chadderton in This Is Lancashire: The father of a man who died from a single punch in Blackburn town centre wants to meet his son’s killer. William Upton, 17, is currently serving half of a three-and-a-half year custodial sentence after he was convicted of the manslaughter of 24-year-old Adam Rogers, earlier this year. Now Adam’s dignified dad Dave Rogers has expressed a wish to speak face-to-face with the Rishton teenager as part of a ‘restorative justice’ initiative.
Restorative Justice Conferencing: The key for victims is in one question.
from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles: One area of Restorative Justice Professionalism I focus on, is remembering ALL victims. Some victims do not get a victim-witness worker through the prosecutor’s office. The list of Victims Rights for Wisconsin is very court-room, criminal justice system process orientated. That’s good, victims need support and help navigating that. What I do is restorative justice, and in striving to do that well for all victims I have experienced a conferencing question that is KEY.
priest abuse
Earlier I searched for an example of a priest abuse case using restorative justice and I did find one case reported in Rhode Island.The story [...]
RJ: victims centered or offender focused?
Lynette, good to link that project (the Listening Project). I think those who practice restorative justice, or advocate for it, need to always check themselves [...]
Victims and RJ
On victims and RJ, I've heard concerns before that RJ is more offender focused. Actually from my experiences, it is actually rather easy to focus [...]
Canada and restorative justice
James, thanks for your comments. Can you give us more feedback about your work in Canada (including identifying yourself for those reading this blog)? Do [...]

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