Restorative Justice gives victims of crime the opportunity to communicate with the person who has caused them harm. This could be face to face or through a range of indirect methods.
Becoming a victim of crime can trigger a range of emotions such as distress, anxiety and anger. It can feel like life may never be the same again. Restorative justice aims to repair some of the emotional damage that results from a crime taking place and to encourage the offender to reflect on the consequences of their actions. It works alongside the criminal justice system and can only take place when an offender admits guilt.
An initial meeting takes place with a trained facilitator, giving you the opportunity to openly express your feelings about the crime, the impact it had on you and any lasting effects. Following this, if appropriate, the facilitator may suggest a meeting between the victim and the offender. Many people who have used the restorative justice service say that it helped them. It is not uncommon to hear that it left them feeling empowered, more in control and ready to move on with their lives.
85% of victims
using restorative justice
were satisfied with
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