Source: (2004) Paper presented at "New Frontiers in Restorative Justice: Advancing Theory and Practice", Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand, 2-5 December.

Katy Hutchison shares a compelling, real life story with the justice community. In this very personalized presentation, entitled The Story of Bob, Katy clearly describes how alcohol and other drug use, peer pressure, and misguided choices in an unchaperoned setting caused the tragic murder of her husband Bob. Through a powerful and poignant multi-media presentation, Katy shares how this traumatic event impacted her as a wife and as a mother of two young children. Her personal and interactive presentation is designed to explores the power of forgiveness and describes her own grassroots quest for restorative justice. Katy has participated in a victim offender reconciliations with both her husband's assailants. She has continued to communicate with one of the offenders and is hoping to have him work with her as she continues to tell her story to school classrooms, offender groups, victim service providers, justice conferences and restorative justice forums. Since September 2004 Katy has addressed over 50,000 people in her audiences. In addition, she is currently working on two documentary projects (one commercial and one educational) and a book proposal. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University,