Child Victims and Restorative Justice: A Needs-Rights Model by Tali GalChild Victims and Restorative Justice: A Needs-Rights Model by Tali Gal

Child Victims and Restorative Justice: A Needs-Rights Model

byTali Gal

Hardcover | June 29, 2011

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Children are the group most likely to be victimized yet least likely to report the crimes against them. Because of their unique vulnerability, an elaborate set of protections tries to secure their safety at home, in school, and in the community, yet they often experience further trauma insidethe very criminal justice system designed to punish those who harm them. Such a system can leave child victims without emotional healing and a sense of justice because it does not consider the full scope of their wishes, interests, and rights. This failure can be attributed to the system's tendencyto view children as objects of protection instead of legitimate rights-holders. Here, using a nuanced, multi-dimensional theory of children's interrelated rights and needs vis a vis victimization, Tali Gal presents an innovative restorative justice model for repairing harms and rebuilding relationships in the wake of crimes against children. It validates empirically documentedchildren's needs - such as telling their stories, asking questions, and a sense of autonomy and control over the proceedings - and holds their associated and often-overlooked rights - such as rehabilitation and their overarching best interests-paramount. The rich theoretical underpinnings of thebook are vividly illustrated by examples of successful restorative justice programs involving children (including the highly controversial inclusion of child victims of sexual assault). In addition, a set of eight heuristics provides a convenient reference for restorative justice programs to ensurethat they safeguard the full range of child victims' needs and rights at all times. With its unique human-rights perspective on the study of childhood victimization and an innovative, child-inclusive restorative justice model, this book promises to be a touchstone for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers concerned with children's well-being in the aftermath of crime andviolence.
Tali Gal, PhD, is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Criminology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Title:Child Victims and Restorative Justice: A Needs-Rights ModelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:June 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199744718

ISBN - 13:9780199744718


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Victimization of Children2. Children's Rights: A Theoretical Analysis3. Child Victim's Needs: Empirical Findings4. Child Victims in the Criminal Justice System5. Restorative Justice Experiences Involving Child Victims6. Victims to Partners: Child-Inclusive Restorative Justice7. Conclusions