Source: (2003) Vancouver: BC Association for Community Living. Downloaded 30 March 2005.

Restorative justice processes begin with a redefinition of crime that asserts crime as harm done to persons. In these approaches crime and conflict are understood as violations of people and interpersonal relationships that create obligations and liabilities. It follows that justice must seek to heal -to the greatest degree possible- people and relationships, while fulfilling the obligations that have been created by the appearance of harmful behaviour. (A Charter, 2003) Ensuring that restorative processes and practices embody agreed-upon principles and values continues to provide communities, participants and practitioners with the opportunity to discuss and define their relationships. (excerpt)

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