Being the victim of a crime is often very distressing and unsettling, and the impact can be both immediate and long term. It can affect relationships, employment, your family and friends, or even your confidence or the ability to carry out your everyday tasks.
Restorative justice gives victims and communities harmed by crime a voice by helping them to communicate directly with the person responsible and seek a direct explanation about what they did and why they did it.
Research shows that 85% of people who participate in restorative justice are pleased that they did – that statistic alone should give you confidence that this process can help you gain the closure you need to move past the harm caused.
The process is carried out through a trained Restorative Justice Facilitator who helps victims to communicate safely either face-to-face, by letter or through questions asked via the facilitator.
Why would I access Restorative Justice?
This process empowers you to have your say and obtain closure. You will be able to explain to the person who has caused you harm the impact it has had on you, and those close to you.
The whole restorative justice process is very carefully managed and risk assessed. The wellbeing of all involved is paramount and if there is potential of further harm identified at any stage the process does not continue.
A trained restorative justice facilitator will contact you to discuss what has happened and the impact this is having or has had on your life, and how the restorative justice process could help.
If the person who caused you harm takes responsibility and agrees to participate, the facilitator can help to arrange for you to meet or communicate either face-to-face, by letter or through questions asked via the facilitator.
If you go ahead with a meeting, both you and the offender are welcome to bring a family member or friend along with you for support throughout the process, which will be guided by your facilitator. It will be held in a safe place and usually lasts around and hour and thirty minutes. During the meeting everyone will have the opportunity to speak – the ultimate aim being to help you overcome the harm caused as a result of the behaviour of the person responsible.
When is the right time for Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice is available when you are ready. It is entirely voluntary and you can pull out of the process at any time if you have second thoughts. The person who has caused the harm can also withdraw at any point.
It does not replace or impact on the criminal justice process; it can run alongside the criminal justice process or after the criminal justice process has been completed.
You can access the service at any time and it is available for most types of crime. The person who has caused you harm does not have to have been sent to prison, or they may still be in prison or it might be that they have been released and you would like to access the service now.
How do I find out more?
For more information you can contact us directly by calling 01522 947246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Restorative Justice Council
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