Crime is an act humanity. It's disrespectful. It's painful. It's expensive. It's a violation of our rights to live freely and safely as citizens.
Victims of crime lose very basic human concepts. They find it hard to trust, feel insecure and often have high medical or recovery expenses related to the crime. Their general peace of mind is taken away. The justice process should ultimately restore what was taken away from the victim. Not only the law was broken, but the victim feels broken. The process of restorative justice has a priority to attend to the needs of victims and help mend the brokenness.
An initial, confidential meeting is held with the victim party to learn about the victim's experience and explain options available within the restorative process. At this stage, the victim is not making a commitment to the process. The victim is learning more about the process and has a chance to be fully heard. The process will go forward only with the victim's voluntary consent.
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