Source: (-0001) Washington, DC: Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International. Downloaded 11 August 2005.

In many ways the religious community still struggles to respond appropriately to the plight of victims, and the legal community still has much to learn about satisfying justice, in both senses of the phrase – what truly satisfies the demands of justice, and what form of justice brings most satisfaction to the parties involved, particularly to victims. In this article I first offer some reflections on the nature of victimisation and on why the presence of victims poses particular challenges to the faith community. I then turn to consider restorative justice, which is one of the most promising justice alternatives to emerge in recent times. I propose that there are theological as well as practical reasons for why restorative justice merits our support and confidence as a satisfactory, and satisfying way, to address the justice needs of victims, as well as those of others caught up in the tragedy of crime. (excerpt)