Restorative Justice Approaches
Restorative Justice is an approach to crime that:
- Focuses on healing relationships
- Repairing the damage crime causes to individuals and communities
- Forcing people to acknowledge the harm that they have done to people
These approaches to justice have been accepted by:
- Community organizers – like community justice initiatives
- Aboriginal organizations
- Special interest organizations
- Courts that are interested in more constructive ways to deal with crime
Restorative Justice attempts to balance:
- The needs of victims, communities, and offenders
- And ensure that everyone’s rights are respected
Traditionally, crime has been viewed an as abstract offence against the law or the
An offender is found guilty and punished, perhaps.
Usually by means of a fine or imprisonment.
Many are accepting that:
Alternative processes of justice need to be developed.
Our court-based a