Forgiving someone who did us wrong does not get them off the hook. They are still responsible for doing what they did. However, they are not answerable to us.
Some of us find it difficult to get over how hurt we feel. If someone has done something wrong to us, our thoughts focus on them. The thoughts cycle around in our minds, sometimes endlessly.
The fact is that forgiveness is about changing what is happening inside us. The reason we forgive is to free us up from the negative cycle of thoughts and feelings.
Our hurt prevents us from deciding to forgive people. This is because we think that forgiveness is about letting them off.
However, forgiveness is for us to feel and think better, to set ourselves free.
It is a decision and an act of our will to forgive and release ourselves from the cycle of negativity.