Welcome to the National Center for Victims of Crime

We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Most victims never have a chance to participate in the criminal justice process because their offenders are never arrested or prosecuted.  However, even if crime victims had every opportunity to participate and be heard in the criminal justice system, it is inevitable that many would remain profoundly disappointed because the clear focus of the criminal justice system is on the offender and not the victim. The concept of Parallel Justice elevates the goal of helping victims rebuild their lives to a fundamental component of justice.

Parallel Justice Questions & Answers

What is Parallel Justice?, why is it needed?, how is it different than our current efforts?, and other pressing questions about the Parallel Justice framework.

What is Parallel Justice?, why is it needed?, how is it different than our current efforts?, and other pressing questions about the Parallel Justice framework.

Seeking Parallel Justice: A New Agenda for the Victim's Movement

A speech by Susan Herman, former executive director of the National Center, given at the National Press Club introducing this new vision of justice for crime victims.

Is Restorative Justice Possible without a Parallel System for Victims?

This excerpted book chapter by Susan Herman explores why Restorative Justice does not go far enough to help crime victims rebuild their lives and repair the harm of crime.