Source: (2003) Paper submitted for the XIth International Symposium on Victimology. 13-18 July 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Downloaded 21 August 2003.

Restorative justice theory and practice have been growing in South Africa in recent years. At the same time, many have questioned whether restorative justice adequately addresses the needs of victims. For example, some have contended that it is oriented toward the offender and not the victim, and that it is inappropriate for cases such as rape, murder, and domestic violence. Setatjile argues, however, that the main aims of the victims’ movement are congruent with restorative justice. The core issue then, as explored in this paper, is how to involve victims in restorative justice programs such that victims’ needs and rights are not compromised.

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