In 2011, Colorado state law created new opportunities for victims of crime in the form of High Impact Victim Offender Dialogues.
Restorative Justice In Victims Services
Restorative Justice Practices give crime victims the opportunity to express the full impact of the crime on themselves and their families, ask and get answers to any lingering questions about what occurred and to participate in holding the offender accountable for his or her actions. In fact, >95% of crime victims are satisfied with restorative processes and report that it allows them to be more a part of the justice process and provides them with a voice that they might not have had going through the more traditional criminal justice system. Many crime victims report a sense of relief and peace from participating in restorative justice.
Even in cases and conflicts where there is mutual responsibility or no clear victim but harm was done, such as conflict between groups of school children or substance use, restorative justice practices may be useful. When the involved parties recognize they are responsible for harm and it needs to be addressed and repaired, restorative practices can serve the people harmed and give them a path toward healing.
In Colorado, the RJ Council supports and encourages all RJ Practitioners to practice being victim-centered in their work. This means holding the care and concern for the victim as the primary consideration. Whether the case is a Victim’s Rights Act (VRA) level crime or not all victims deserve to be contacted, informed and invited to participate in the restorative process.
For more information contact: Deb Witzelat firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 625-5964.
Greg Vaughn wanted the thiefs to pay for their crime and found satisfaction through Restorative Justice.
After her daughter was brutally murdered in 2003, Wendy Cohen turned to Restorative Justice for answers and peace.