Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Rebecca Weiker, Re:store Justice Program Director In her recent New Yorker article about the unlikely alliance of feminists and conservatives that helped create the victim’s rights movement, Jill Lapore defines victim rights and offender rights as in opposition to each other. Restorative Justice offers an alternative approach, addressing the needs of both victims and offenders in order to create healing, offer reparations, promote accountability, and prevent future harm.…