Source: (2010) Reflexions past, present and future. Restorative Justice Week 2010. Correctional Services of Canada.

When I applied for assistance from the Restorative Justice Program it was for victim necessities, funding to attend court. I was not expecting the much needed guidance that was offered given that I myself didn’t know what I was seeking. The turning point for understanding the FACTS and making peace with my emotions came in the form of a long process with a mediator and a therapeutic meeting with the offender. Restorative Justice gave me the opportunity to explore my homicidal feelings. There was no other agenda but making me the priority. Not me as a victim, a mother or crusader. It was time for me to adjust my fears, anger and pain, knowing who I am now and leaving it at that. My emotions could have destroyed me.

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