In 1997, after 30 years of bullying and abuse, Natalia Aggiano’s mother was brutally murdered by her father. Shortly after his imprisonment Natalia wrote him a note offering her forgiveness, which started a process of healing and inner peace.
Key concepts: hatred, harm, abuse, control, family, relationships, truth, mistakes, forgiveness, family ties, legacy, peace
Shad Ali, an ex-social worker, was attacked when he came to the rescue of two Pakistani women who were being abused by a passing pedestrian. Six years later Shad met his attacker at a face-to-face restorative justice meeting.
Key concepts: anger, unprovoked, forgiveness, respect, healing, self-exploration, life fulfilment, empathy, break the cycle
When Andrea Martinez was seven years old, she was sexually abused by a relative. After being unable to speak of her abuse for many years, Andrea began to confide in a family friend who had suffered a similar abuse.
Key concepts: abuse, anger, hurt, mental health, loss, betrayal, trust, family, belonging, recovery, forgiveness, making meaning
On Sept 11th 2001 Elizabeth Turner’s husband, Simon Turner, was at a breakfast meeting at the World Trade Centre in New York when the twin towers were attacked. Pregnant with their first child, Elizabeth’s life was catapulted into a new direction.
Key concepts: loss, loneliness, grief, trauma, forgiveness, strength, resilience, positivity, break the cycle, healing, compassion, humanity