Social justice: restorative justice for victims
Date de publication2012
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The aim of this research paper is to motivate the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago to become an agent of the restorative justice process. It is a society where the escalating rate of violent crime leaves victims struggling in isolation to recover from the harm done to them and citizens live in fear of being the next victim. The church’s role in the restorative justice process must be guided by the Biblical understanding of justice as both retributive and restorative. Victims who tell the story of their ordeal at the hands of their offender should speak to the heart of the church and help it recognize that they have a mission to victims of crime. In order to meet this mission, the church has to be educated on the topics: what is restorative justice, the processes of restorative justice and its benefits is vital if the church is to be steered toward becoming an advocate of restorative justice. This research paper will be presented to the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago as a mechanism for steering the church in the direction of becoming an active agent of restorative justice in a society where victims cry out for justice and healing.