Restorative justice, to bring together, you sacrifice part of the most serious offences with the offenders. You never felt disgust towards the perpetrators?
Claudia Christian:
no. I work with offenders, participating in the process voluntarily. It is, therefore, a special group that is willing to talk about their deeds. I’m trying to see the people and not just the fact.

Restorative justice comes from “restore”. What you want to restore to a murder or rape again?
After a serious crime a life – that of the victim or his family and that of the offender – may never be the same as before. Many things can not be in the original condition, but the life remains marked by the fact. Therefore, the term restoration fits very well. In principle, it is, in particular, for victims to restore their Dignity and respect.

Restorative justice for the Victims and the perpetrators, exactly?
the victim should get the Chance to process the experience and integrate into your life, to be able to look to the future. In the case of the perpetrators is often a Cutting. How could it come so far? Often, the perpetrators are only in the confrontation with the victim aware of what you have done, really. This assists be aware of the renunciation of the crime.

Restorative justice of it? Due to the direct confrontation. To the Victims or their families to occur, is for the perpetrators to be difficult. Something you will not experience in a purely psychiatric therapy. For example, in the case of robberies, the perpetrators say before the confrontation often: no one was hurt, the money in the Bank belonged to it, but actually happens nothing. Only after the confrontation with a victim of the Robbery, you realize that people after such an experience will have a life long fear, for example, before any Person who is darkly drawn, or a hood wearing.

victims often have questions that can only be answered by the perpetrators themselves.

Why me? Why did this happen? Have I done something wrong? Could I do something differently? These questions remain mostly unsolved.

Often or not. In addition, many victims do not want to be on the court process, in order not to be once again traumatized. In addition, the communication with the offender during the criminal process, often really possible. And the victims or their relatives do not come often hardly more in your life, before you find answers.

First, both parties must be ready for dialogue. And we need to be from a professional point of view sure that the restorative process will be helpful for the victim. And also for the perpetrator.

not Necessarily. I make sure that the victim and the offender are prepared for the process. Also, in the confrontation I am as a presenter. Depending on the not have to take place in a room. Sometimes it is better by letter or by video conference.

This is different from case to case. Sometimes the victim is dead, and the restorative process takes place between the perpetrator and the relatives. And sometimes the family of the perpetrator need help. For example, when a family suddenly, the police stood in front of the door to the father for a period of ten years in prison to pick up and kids and wife knew nothing about it. Such an experience changed the life of the whole family.

He sees that his act has done some damage. I once supervised a young offender who had already for twelve years, a criminal. He never had the feeling to leave the victim, because he had only acted in the Milieu. When he heard, then, but Victims of robberies gegenübersass and their stories, broke his world together like a house of cards.

The Severity of the crime has nothing to do with how obvious a culprit. I have been working with the most severe criminals, with murderers, killers, and such, are responsible for the serious bodily injury. If such offender has the willingness, the process of Restorative justice to engage, can really happen for a change. Not only short-term insight, but a long-term change.

group processes, we have carried out in Switzerland so far, three. A direct dialogue, I made a heavy crime, and another to a tort in the family environment. In addition, a few other processes are still in preparation.

Restorative justice is in Switzerland, still in its infancy. We started with the Forum for Restorative justice until 2017.

Restorative justice as “traditional justice” referred to. When I think of the history of the judiciary in Europe, I tend to break Bones, Tar and feathers, or the pillory in the sense.
The Tradition of Restorative justice is jahrtausendealt. Whole villages were at a Crime together and each of them told how he had experienced it. Then we decided together how to deal with the fact. I made a research, I have found collaborative approaches to dealing with crime in the history of North America, Africa and Asia. Of course, one must make a distinction: Just because a process is communal, it means not automatically that he is also a restoration. Often a community process with punishment.

Restorative justice really works?
In Canada was introduced the Restorative justice in 1974. Since then, many studies have been carried out. It is clear that the relapse rate is smaller in the case of offenders who went through the restorative process, and that the relapse rate is reduced in the case of serious offences to be stronger than in the case of small crimes. In the case of the Victims, studies show that Restorative justice helps to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder, or even completely Disappear.

Restorative justice speaks of reconciliation and forgiveness. These are Christian values. Are you motivated by religion?
I see it as a human not only specifically Christian values. The concepts of reconciliation and forgiveness exist in all the religions of the world. On such values, the Restorative justice builds.

voices from the established criminal law enforcement refer to it as the Laiin not know, in contrast to a prison psychiatrist with the Psyche of criminals.
There are prison Directors and psychiatrists, advocate for Restorative justice, and those who think little of it. For us, the high professional Standards that are the A and O. the Only way we can prevent, for example, that a victim is traumatized through the process again.

That’s right, I’m not a psychiatrist. But a trauma I can see, since I was trained in trauma work.

Restorative justice in Switzerland?
We want to have enough trained moderators and facilitators, so that for every victim, every family and every offender, or who wishes to have a restorative process, someone is available who is trained specifically.

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