victim offender dialogue http://kalw.org en Crime victims find healing through restorative justice http://kalw.org/post/crime-victims-find-healing-through-restorative-justice <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">Wilson initially thought the trial and conviction of her husband’s murderer would bring her some sort of comfort or closure.</span> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:50:10 +0000 Jasmin Lopez 34122 at http://kalw.org Crime victims find healing through restorative justice