Restorative Justice - Victim Help Centre
Restorative justice offers victims an opportunity to be heard and to have a say in the resolution of offences, including agreeing rehabilitative or reparative activity for the offender.
It can provide a means of closure and enable the victim to move on.
Restorative justice also provides an opportunity for offenders to face the consequences of their actions, recognise the impact that it has had upon others and where possible make amends. In this way, restorative justice has the potential to help rehabilitate offenders and enable them to stop offending. It can involve victims:
explaining to an offender the impact of the crime on them
seeking an explanation and apology from the offender; and
playing a part in agreeing reparative or rehabilitative activity for the offender e.g. working for free for a charity, paying to repair any material damage, or keeping the victim informed of their progress in getting off drugs or finding a job.
A restorative justice process can be delivered through:
A face-to-face meeting (sometimes called a restorative justice conference or victim-offender conference): Involves a trained facilitator, the victim(s), and the offender(s) and supporters, usually family members. Such meetings might conclude with an agreement for further steps to be taken, such as some sort of reparation, but this is not mandatory.
A community conference: Involves members of the community that has been affected by a particular crime and all or some of the offenders. This is facilitated in the same way as a RJ conference but it differs in that it can involve many people.
Wherever possible, a face-to-face meeting should be the aim, but if the trained facilitator does not assess it as suitable then an alternative type of restorative justice activity can be considered. For example, indirect communication is possible. This can be via telephone or video conferencing, written correspondence or ‘shuttle restorative justice’ through the facilitator. This may lead to a face-to-face meeting at a later stage.
For further details please contact 0300 3030159.