Crime victims meet their offenders: Testing the impact of restorative justice conferences on victims' post-traumatic stress symptoms

 
Author(s)Angel, Caroline M
Title Crime victims meet their offenders: Testing the impact of restorative justice conferences on victims' post-traumatic stress symptoms
Source University of Pennsylvania, 2005 , 128 pages; AAT 3165634
Date 2005
Document type Dissertation
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of face-to-face restorative justice conferences on victims' post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) immediately after and six months after a conference, compared with conventional justice participants. The conference participants were burglary and robbery victims and the facilitators were police officers. Three significant findings from the study were that conferences do not increase PTSS and do not psychologically harm victims and in fact reduce the psychologically traumatic effects of crime and conference participation is a predictor of lower PTSS six months after participation.
Keywords Restorative justice conferences; mental health benefits; PTSS; psychological harm
Topic

Restorative justice