Restorative Justice is about communication
Restorative Justice brings those harmed by crime and those responsible for the harm into communication with each other, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Restorative Justice offers victims an opportunity to be heard, to ask questions of the offender and to have their say in what they want to happen next.
For some people who have been affected by crime, it can help them to explore why the crime happened. It can also help victims move forward and feel less fearful of crime in the future.
Evidence shows that most people who take part in a Restorative Justice process come away feeling satisfied because it has allowed them to have their say.
Restorative Justice has a proven, significant impact in supporting victims and allowing them to move forward with their lives. 85% of victims who have participated in Restorative Justice would recommend the RJ process.
For offenders, Restorative Justice provides an opportunity to face the consequences of their actions, recognising the impact that their offending behaviour has had upon others and, where possible, make amends.
In this way, Restorative Justice has the potential to help rehabilitate offenders and support them in addressing their offending behaviour. It has the potential to motivate them to change and become responsible, law-abiding, productive members of society.
Learn more about Restorative Justice
RJ Hampshire will seek to understand what has happened and the impact it has had on you, and we will talk you through your options.
What happens next?
If you would like to learn more about the Restorative Justice process, a member of our team will meet with you to talk through your options. We will seek to understand what has happened and the impact it has had on you.
Afterwards, if you feel that you would like to communicate with or meet the offender, RJ Hampshire will try to arrange this. The offender has to agree as well and accept responsibility for the harm they have caused, but we will start with finding out what you would like to do.
The timing and method of any Restorative Justice communication or meeting will be up to you. The service is free of charge and is completely confidential and impartial.
If you and the offender agree that you would like to meet, and RJ Hampshire's team assesses a meeting will be safe for you both, then RJ Hampshire will organise a Restorative Justice conference. You will be welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to support you, and the offender is offered the same.
The Restorative Justice meeting will be guided by an RJ Hampshire team member and will be held in a neutral, safe place. During the Restorative Justice meeting, everyone will get to have their say about what happened with the incident. However, if another type of communication is more suitable we will help you with that, whether this is achieved by an exchange of letter or by RJ Hampshire meeting you and then meeting the offender separately to ask the questions/tell the offender what you would like them to know, and then meeting you again to tell you what the offender said.
Why do offenders take part?
Restorative Justice can be helpful for offenders because it enables them to understand the impact that their actions during the incident have had on the victim. It gives offenders the opportunity to listen and answer any questions the victim has and to consider the consequences of their behaviour.