Restorative Justice: What's in it for Crime Victims and Service Providers
This page is archived material and is no longer updated. It may contain outdated information and broken links. The material presented on these pages is the product of five regional symposia held on restorative justice between June 1997 and January 1998.
- Crime victims traditional roles as solely "witnesses" or "complainants" are expanded to incorporate victims as clients of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
- Victims are given an active voice in the system, as well as in other matters related to their case.
- Restorative justice approaches offer victims important choices related to their cases, which can help return a sense of control to their lives in the aftermath of a criminal or delinquent act.
- The four core victims' rights¾ information, input, restitution and protection¾ are all afforded through restorative justice programs and practices.
- Victim satisfaction is often directly related to the levels of participation and respect they are afforded by the criminal and juvenile justice systems¾ levels that are increased through restorative justice approaches.
- Important partnerships are forged among crime victims, victim advocates, justice and allied professionals, and community representatives to prevent and respond appropriately and sensitively to crime and delinquency.
- Victim/offender programs offer crime victims the opportunity to seek answers to crucial questions they may have resulting from their victimization.
- Offender accountability to the victim provides opportunity for both remorse from the offender, and recourse for the victim.
- Many victims believe their involvement in restorative justice programs and approaches will help offenders develop empathy and understanding for the harm and pain they have inflicted upon their victims, their own families, their communities, and themselves.
- Restorative justice approaches provide opportunities for communities to learn about and support sensitive responses to victims of crime.