Source: (2011) Revisioning Justice. Restorative Justice Week 2011. Correctional Services Canada.

It requires enormous strength to keep in contact with a family member who has harmed. Maintaining a relationship often entails enduring not only reminders of the trauma of crime, but the resulting court process and the aftermath of violence. It is a lonely road for an offender’s family. The early intervention of RJ initiatives has the potential to mitigate further harm and heal those who have been hurt. (excerpt)