New solutions to enduring problems : the task of restoring justice to victims and communities


This paper concerns the need to find new solutions to enduring problems experienced by Aboriginal victims and communities and the place of restorative justice. Using a literature review of recent studies the author describes the harsh and unequal circumstances Aboriginals must face in the legislative system. The author advocates a restorative justice approach that forces the offender to come forward and take responsibility for the pain, hurt and suffering they have caused, rather than incarceration which promotes silence and perpetuates the cycle of violence. The Community Holistic Circle healing model of Hollow Water, Canada is used as an example and is described in practice with statistical support.

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