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Restorative Conferences Reduce Trauma from Crime, Study Shows

Porter, Abbey J
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Restorative Practices E-Forum. August 15, 2006.

The emotional and psychological impact of crime can last far beyond the incident itself, in some cases affecting victims’ lives for years. A groundbreaking study has shown, however, that restorative justice conferences can mitigate those effects and help victims heal and move forward more quickly.

Dr. Caroline M. Angel

Dr. Caroline M. Angel, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, studied the impact of restorative conferencing on post-traumatic stress symptoms in victims of burglary and robbery. Her findings were clear: Conferences reduce the psychologically traumatic effects of crime. (excerpt)


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