Restorative justice has claimed to place the victim at the heart of the penal process. Yet the evidence (e.g. Daly 2001, 2003) suggests that this is not always the case and that many victims find the process of mediation superfluous to their recovery. Hence the questions must be asked: what and who is restorative justice for? Can it be equally to the benefit of every victim, regardless of circumstance and characteristic? One strategy for addressing this dilemma is to look at how victims have been treated in other policy-initiatives and what the academic sub-discipline of victomology has said about these initiatives. This analysis will attempt to explore what victomology has to offer restorative justice when thinking about victims and the process of victimisation.
Green, S. In the name of the victim manipulation and meaning within the restorative paradigm. . The University of Hull