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Restoring victims: An international view

Strang, Heather
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Paper presented at the Restoration for Victims of Crime Conference. Australian Institute of Criminology and Victims Referral and Assistance Service. Melbourne

Strang maintains that international research reveals considerable consensus among victims of crime concerning shortcomings in criminal justice systems. Despite successes of the victims’ movement in recent decades, some argue that victims can get rightful attention only through transformation of criminal justice systems in terms of restorative justice principles and processes. To examine this argument, Strang discusses the concept of restorative justice, restorative justice in practice, and what restorative justice offers victims. Referring specifically to conferencing as applied in Canberra, Strang also sketches research findings on victim participant satisfaction with conferencing. From all of this, she concludes that restorative justice may in fact assist victims better than current criminal justice systems.


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