…..Restorative justice is intended to make victims and their needs a
priority – not the only priority, but a central one. To do that,
practitioners and programs must be truly victim-sensitive. Unless we
deeply and constantly engage with victim perspectives, we are likely
to be insensitive to the language, the approaches, the barriers that
turn people off.
I hear frequent complaints from restorative justice practitioners
that victims are not participating, not engaging with their programs.
I often suspect it is because of hidden barriers that only victims and
victim advocates are likely to catch and address and because there
arenâ€™t victim advocates on board to support victims through.
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