Source: (2010) Paper presented at the IIRP 13th World Conference in Hull, UK, 13-15 October.

The ultimate aim of restorative justice is one of forgiveness and healing, the fostering of compassion. By setting up safe spaces for the offender (or person who has caused harm to another) and victim (person harmed by another) to hear each others stories there is the possibility that some kind of understanding or empathy may be reached, the damage can be put right and through receiving appropriate reparation, the harm done to the victim can be redressed. (excerpt)