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Restorative justice and victim services collaboration

November 1, 2009

…..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
aren’t victim advocates on board to support victims through.

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