Event Title

A Victim Centered Approach to Restorative Justice

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robin Hausheer

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

This research examines the impact of non-violent juvenile offender crimes and the healing process for victims involved in restorative justice programs. Harm caused to victims can have clinical manifestations of post-traumatic stress symptoms, which can hamper victims’ routine functioning. The purpose of this study is to identify survey instruments to assess victims’ stress levels before and after engagement in the Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth (CADY) Restorative Justice Program and to evaluate victims’ satisfaction with the program process. We hypothesize that by using identified instruments, CADY will be able to assess whether participating victims in the restorative justice process will indicate: 1) lower levels of stress when compared to non-participating victims, and 2) high levels of satisfaction with the program process. Based on a thorough understanding of both victimization related to juvenile crimes and instruments to measure victim stress and program satisfaction, we propose CADY use the Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R) as a pre- and post-survey to assess victim stress levels, and the Victim Satisfaction with Offender Dialogue Scale (VSODS) as a post-program survey to assess the program process. Psychometric properties for each instrument are provided.

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Apr 28th, 2:00 PM Apr 28th, 3:00 PM

A Victim Centered Approach to Restorative Justice

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

This research examines the impact of non-violent juvenile offender crimes and the healing process for victims involved in restorative justice programs. Harm caused to victims can have clinical manifestations of post-traumatic stress symptoms, which can hamper victims’ routine functioning. The purpose of this study is to identify survey instruments to assess victims’ stress levels before and after engagement in the Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth (CADY) Restorative Justice Program and to evaluate victims’ satisfaction with the program process. We hypothesize that by using identified instruments, CADY will be able to assess whether participating victims in the restorative justice process will indicate: 1) lower levels of stress when compared to non-participating victims, and 2) high levels of satisfaction with the program process. Based on a thorough understanding of both victimization related to juvenile crimes and instruments to measure victim stress and program satisfaction, we propose CADY use the Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R) as a pre- and post-survey to assess victim stress levels, and the Victim Satisfaction with Offender Dialogue Scale (VSODS) as a post-program survey to assess the program process. Psychometric properties for each instrument are provided.