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New Directions in Restorative Justice by Robert Gordon, Elizabeth Elliott

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Chapter 10

Exploring treatment and trauma recovery implications of facilitating victim–offender encounters in crimes of severe violence: lessons from the Canadian experience

David L. Gustafson

Abstract1

Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (FRCJIA), a community-based non-profit organisation in Langley, British Columbia, operates a victim/of fender mediation programme designed for use in crimes of severe violence. Of particular interest is the growing body of evidence demonstrating the therapeutic impact of victim–offender mediation upon the participants. Victims frequently report that this approach has contributed to their trauma recovery in profound ways, including a diminishing of severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress ...

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