Addressing what one needs after suffering victimization from crime and wrongdoing has been a primary focus of the modern restorative justice movement since Nils Christie’s 1977 Conflicts as Property and Howard Zehr’s 1990 Changing Lenses. Albert Eglash is credited as the first to say the words “restorative justice” in English (Van Ness & Strong, 2015, p. 39). While Eglash was admittedly “offender oriented” and unconcerned with victims’ needs, he too recognized the value of victims benefitting from what he called restorative justice (Eglash, 1977, p. 99).
This book, written in easy to understand language, is organized as a guidebook for crime victims and restorative justice practitioners. There are six chapters and lengthy appendices that include four case studies with questions applying the safeguarding information presented in the book.