What if the victim does not want to participate in a Restorative Justice process?
Participation in programs is completely voluntary for all participants. One of the primary goals of Restorative Justice is to increase victims’ satisfaction in the system by giving them an active role in the justice process. Every effort will therefore be made to provide victims with the information, preparation and support they need in order to participate in a Restorative Justice process. But some victims may not want to participate. In such cases a Restorative Justice process could still be held with others participating in the victim's place. For example, affected parties such as a family member or a member of the community in which the incident took place could talk about the impact the crime has had on them.

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1. What is Restorative Justice?
2. What is the difference between Restorative Justice and our traditional legal system?
3. Why is it called Restorative Justice? Who Is being restored?
4. How widespread is Restorative Justice?
5. How effective are Restorative Justice processes?
6. Can Restorative Justice be used in serious cases?
7. Is Restorative Justice "soft on crime"?
8. Isn't it simpler just to go to court?
9. What if the victim does not want to participate in a Restorative Justice process?
10. Is Restorative Justice appropriate for "victimless" crimes?
11. How is "community" defined for the purposes of Restorative Justice?
12. Do lawyers participate?
13. What are some CJC Restorative Justice programs?
14. Do victims have to participate?
15. What is expected of victims?
16. What kinds of things are appropriate to ask for to “repair harm”?