Source: (2008) British Journal of Community Justice. 6(2):93-97.

The discourse of restorative justice recognizes the balance between victims' and offenders' needs and right, but in practice many of the existing schemes are mainly geared towards the offenders' needs. The victim support community arrived late to restorative justice and has identified three main ideas concerning victims' involvement in restorative practices: a greater openness and sensitivity to the victims' needs and specificities, an increased knowledge based on in-depth evaluation and research into the participation of victims, and a greater intervention of victim support organisations. (author's abstract)

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