Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Victims and Restorative Justice

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_327



A major theme expressed in many of the chapters of this volume is the dissatisfaction that crime victims have long felt concerning the policies and practices of the traditional criminal justice system. After centuries of neglectful and, all too often, abusive treatment in criminal courts, crime victims in countries throughout the world within recent decades have demanded fundamental reforms to address their needs and concerns. What many victims’ advocates envisioned was a criminal justice system not simply fixated on the goals of assessing blame and punishing offenders, but one which offered crime victims the opportunity to meaningfully participate, to have their voices heard, and to repair the emotional and material harm they have suffered.

With the emergence of the restorative justice movement in the 1980s, it appeared that crime victims had gained an important ally in their quest for reform. Restorative justice, after all, was seeking...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berkeley CollegeNew YorkUSA