.....Restorative justice is intended to make victims and their needs a priority - not the only priority, but a central one.  To do that, practitioners and programs must be truly victim-sensitive.  Unless we deeply and constantly engage with victim  perspectives, we are likely to be insensitive to the language, the approaches, the barriers that turn people off.

I hear frequent complaints from restorative justice practitioners that victims are not participating, not engaging with their programs.  I often suspect it is because of hidden barriers that only victims and victim advocates are likely to catch and address and because there aren’t victim advocates on board to support victims through.

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