The impact of restorative and conventional responses to harm on victims: a comparative study

 

Author(s)Calhoun, Avery, and William Pelech
Title The impact of restorative and conventional responses to harm on victims: a comparative study
Source British Journal of Community Justice, 2013, No 3A, pp374-379
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage Calgary, Canada
Summary This study explores the impact on victims of restorative and conventional approaches to juvenile justice. Calgary Community Conferencing focuses on misbehaviours that have had significant impact on the young offender and/or the victim. The long term goals of the program are reduced re-offending, victim healing, and community safety. Fourteen victims who experienced restorative justice intervention through Calgary Community Conferencing participated in the study, together with 55 victims whose offenders were disciplined through the educational or justice system. The study used a pre-test post-test non-equivalent comparison group design. The results of the study tentatively suggest that victims who experience a restorative program achieve more positive outcomes, compared with victims who experience a conventional response. The authors caution interpretation of the results, however, due to the small sample size and unbalanced groups, and suggest further research is needed.
Keywords Restorative justice; group conferencing; diversion; victims; young offenders.
Topic Restorative justice