Building social support for restorative justice through the media: is taking the victim perspective the most appropriate strategy?

 

Author(s)Mesmaecker, Vicky De
Title Building social support for restorative justice through the media: is taking the victim perspective the most appropriate strategy?
Source Contemporary Justice Review,September 2010, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 239-267
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the author examines the promotion of restorative justice using a victim perspective and discusses the issue of restorative justice being victim-centred rather than victim-sensitive justice. Using a case study in support, the author suggests that a conflict management frame is an excellent way for the media to convey a sense of restorative justice to the public. The use of the frame allows for restorative justice values to materialise throughout the written representation of the judicial process and the stories of the parties involved in the conference can be told in a sincere way. The author suggests that as the public are not going to spontaneously suggest restorative processes when asked what action should be taken after a crime, restorative justice needs a more effective public relations strategy. It is also suggested that in addition to the victim's perspective, other attractive aspects of restorative justice are identified that would appeal to the public.
Keywords Restorative justice; victim-centred; media; public opinion
Topic

Restorative justice