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Victim Compensation/Restitution

Restorative justice underscores the need for victims' harms to be repaired to the extent possible. Compensation and restitution are two ways this may be done.

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 [...]
yes
I agree that there is substantial need to shift the response to harm in our churches from denial, defensiveness and blaming to genuine engagement, openness [...]
clergy abuse & restorative justice
Thank you, Dale, for your comments. I think that would be a great way for Catholics to express their support for restorative justice. And as [...]
Response to Lisa Rea's Article
I wholeheartedly support the use of restorative justice in helping to heal the abuse issues in the Catholic Church. I've seen it work miracles before, [...]
Clergy sexual abuse: A cry for restorative justice
by Lisa Rea: At this hour, I would guess that some around the world are weary of the news stories of abuse that have rocked the Catholic Church in recent weeks. But to me, it's a reminder of how far we have to go to heal the injuries suffered by the victims (survivors) of abuse.
Submission of Victims' Rights
A response prepared by the Restorative Justice Centre at AUT University in New Zealand to the Ministry of Justice's discussion document, "A Focus on Victims of Crime: A Review of Victims' Rights."
Restorative Justice Centre's submission to Ministry of Justice on victims' rights
The Restorative Justice Centre at AUT University in New Zealand has responded to a discussion draft titled "A Focus on Victims of Crime: A Review of Victims' Rights" on how the government might better address the needs of crime victims. Following are excerpts from RJC's response: 9. The central justice needs of victims are submitted to be accountability, vindication, empowerment, information, truth-telling and future safety. Only the first and last of these are addressed (to some degree) by the current legal process, and then only when the offender is convicted. Thus in crimes that go largely unreported, such as sexual offences, there can be no feeling of accountability in the absence of alternative processes, and victims remain unsafe. 10. The remaining four central justice needs are those which Dr Howard Zehr, known to and used by MoJ as a consultant in restorative justice, has said are “especially neglected”. They are next mentioned separately. However they overlap with needs identified by other writers.
"Belinda's Petition" a perfect primer on the subject of reparations
from Mike Barber's entry on The Huffington Post: Only 65 pages in length, Belinda's Petition is exactly what it describes itself to be: a concise overview of the long history of struggle to repair the damage wrought by the transatlantic slave trade, making it a perfect primer on the subject of reparations. Winbush begins with the story of the first formal record of a petition for reparations made in the US, which was made in Massachusetts in 1783 by an ex-slave known only as "Belinda". Belinda, who was about 70 years old at this time and had been kidnapped from her home in Ghana before her 12th birthday, petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for the years of unpaid labour for her former slave master. Belinda argued that Isaac Royall--who had since escaped to Nova Scotia--profited from her labour, which entitled her to lay claim to his estate. She won and was granted £15,12 shillings per year payable from the Royall family estate. From there, Belinda's Petition moves through the different epochs of the reparations movement from the early 15th Century to the present. By correcting misconceptions and exposing myths about the reparations movement, Winbush shines a light on what is arguably the greatest crime against humanity to date.
Dalo justice for farmers in Fiji
from the Fiji Times Online: People sent to jail for stealing dalo are being made to plant five times the amount they stole as part of their rehabilitation. And the dalo is planted in the farms where the crimes took place. The program by the Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service started in Taveuni where dalo thefts have been frequent. This new initiative is called "Restorative Justice for Dalo Thieves on Taveuni"
Internally displaced people in Colombia: Victims in permanent transition
by Dan Van Ness I have just received a copy of a research study on the peace negotiations in Colombia: Internally displaced people in Colombia: Victims in permanent transition: Ethical and political dilemmas of reparative justice in the midst of internal armed conflict by Sandro Jiménez Ocampo, et al. From 2004 to 2007, the Colombian Government conducted peace negotiations with paramilitary groups. One of the issues negotiated had to do with the claims of people who had been killed or forcibly displace from their land, lands that were held by the combatants when the negotiations began. Forced displacement and deaths continued during the course of the negotiations, creating new claims. While reparation to victims was supposed to be a prominent outcome to the negotiations, the difficulties of negotiating peace in the course of a violent conflict together with the absence of the victims of displacement from the negotiation meant that there were claims of serious inadequacies with the results.
More on the effects of crime
Great comments Lisa and I would like to add to the big picture and the far reaching effects of how this crime effected my family [...]
restitution to victims & in-prison work programmes
Stephen, it was great to read your views on this. It seems to me you have an incredible perspective on crime in general and, of [...]
follow up question and thoughts
The only compensation I have ever received was twenty six thousand dollars for the loss of my eye from workers compensation. I also receive a [...]
educating about restorative justice
Hello, Barry. Thanks for your post. The story you told is unfortunate. We need do to more to educate prosectuors, and judges, about the value [...]
follow up questions to Stephen Watt: life after violent crime
Thanks, Stephen. It is very helpful to learn more from you regarding your astounding experience. It seems that counseling is essential. What kind of monetary [...]
Counseling
One thing that Lisa and I didn't talk about in our interview is what have I done to lessen the effects of PTSD. After sixteen [...]
Victim Needs & Empathy
Hi, I am working on a property crime case (felony)here in NH. I recommended an alternative sentence of Reparative Probation and a suspended prison sentence. [...]
PTSD is REAL
PTSD is a normal response to an abnormal, or traumtic, event. Flashbacks, sleep disorders, physical pain, hearing-smelling-feeling everything from that event and reliving it, jumping [...]
Raising Awareness for PTSD
Thanks for posting this interview! It's so important to educate people about PTSD, let them know they're not alone and that it is NORMAL! I [...]

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