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Child Victims and Restorative JusticeA Needs-Rights Model$
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Tali Gal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744718.001.0001

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Child Victims’ Needs

Child Victims’ Needs

Empirical Findings

(p.57) 3 Child Victims’ Needs
Child Victims and Restorative Justice

Tali Gal

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews literature regarding the psycho-social needs of child victims and synthesizes it into a combined needs-rights model. Empirical findings on the importance of support networks; acknowledgment of harm; validation of behaviour; and reparation are clustered with the human rights principles of best interests, rehabilitation, and development, creating together a “Best Interests cluster”. Findings regarding the importance of control; direct interaction with the perpetrator; group discussion; apology and forgiveness, are linked with the three human rights principles of participation, rehabilitation and best interests, creating the “Control Cluster”. The “Procedural Justice Cluster” joins participation, rehabilitation, and equality, with the concept of procedural justice as understood in the psycho-social literature. Finally, findings regarding the effects of age and special needs on the impact of victimization, coping strategies and special vulnerabilities, are connected with the human rights principles of equality, development and protection, creating the “Protection Cluster”.

Keywords:   control, procedural justice, reparation, welfare, best-interests, special needs, development, domestic violence, child abuse

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