The European Union has recently entered into a process of legislative and policy reforms with the aim of strengthening the rights of victims in criminal proceedings. By November 2015, all EU member states will need to have demonstrated that they have modified their domestic laws to give effect to the Directive 2012/29/EU "Establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime" (Victims' Directive). For the first time, restorative justice is explicitly regulated at the EU legal level, as the Victims' Directive aims to establish a baseline for its safe implementation across member states. This ground-breaking and timely edited collection aims to contribute to this international debate. The book aims to challenge current thinking while highlighting good practices that respect and safeguard victims in the criminal justice and restorative justice processes.
Reviews: "Thank you for your active engagement with the Ministry of Justice in progressing this important project that will help inform future restorative justice policy. Gaining the insight of victims, offenders and practitioners will be important in considering how restorative justice practice can be made more effective for the public." UK Ministry of Justice
Contents: Editor's note & acknowledgements, Theo Gavrielides; Foreword, Olivier Tell, Part I: A new narrative for victim policy; Why victims’ voices matter in criminal justice policy and reform; Gabrielle Browne, The fluidity of victimhood; Elaine Shpungin, Restorative justice and sexual violence: Overcoming the concerns of victim-survivors; Shirley Jülich and Fiona Landon, Achieving balance: Towards rights-centred justice; Anne Hayden, Part II: Safeguarding victims and empowering professionals: five country case studies, The Victims' Directive and the project Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding victims and empowering professionals: an overview; Theo Gavrielides, From the margins to the centre: a victim-focused criminal justice system for the United Kingdom,Grace Loseby, The victims' Directive and restorative justice in Germany; Arthur Hartmann and Marie Haas, Empowering restorative justice in Greece: One step forward for victims; Vasso Artinopoulou and Iro Michael, Safeguarding victims and empowering professionals in The Netherlands: State of the art and vision for the future; Anneke van Hoek and Gert Jan Slump, More Justice for Crime Victims in Bulgaria; Dobrinka Chankova, Repositioning the Victim: Comparing and Learning; Theo Gavrielides, Part III: Case studies and Best Practices, Part IV: Empowering Victims and Professionals: The tools, Sample Training Tools for Professionals, A Victims’ Guide to Restorative Justice, Victim and Offender Profile Assessment Tools.
About the editor: Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS). He is also the Founder and co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University.
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