"Victim empathy work helps them to acknowledge that it
is real people that they have harmed. Empathy engenders a sense of shared
experience, and an identification with and understanding of the other
person's situation, feelings and motives. Empathy has the potential to
profoundly change our interactions with one another."
This book offers a clear and detailed introduction to the ways that
restorative justice can be used to nurture empathy, exploring such key themes
as responsibility, shame, forgiveness, and closure. It uses numerous case
studies to explore the timeline of restorative justice, from an initial
offense, through the criminal justice process, then into the heart of the
restorative meeting and beyond. It will serve as the perfect introduction for
those new to restorative justice, as well as a best practices guide for acting
How Empathy Can Close the Gap Created by
By Parsons, A. R. "Through the following thirteen chapters, the six 'levels'
of empathy are explored. At the outset the harm creates the 'gap'. Those who
are hurt or are unhappy understandably focus on their suffering and it is
difficult to see the perspective of anyone else. This applies as much to the
person responsible for the harm as the person harmed, for, as has been
suggested by others, there is arguably a link between the causes of crime and
unhappiness and such unhappiness causes us to focus 'on the self'. …"
What Have I Done?: A Victim Empathy Programme For
Young People It is designed to be used directly with young
people who have committed a specific crime or caused harm and distress to
others through their actions, and challenges the young person to face the harm
they have caused and consider what they can do to help put things right.