Road Rage Assault
The victim had been tailgated by the harmer, who then assaulted him after indicating for the victim to pull into a lay-by. Restorative Justice Hampshire received the referral via the Witness Care Unit after the victim requested more information about Restorative Justice following the offence. The Restorative Justice process was explained to the victim in an initial call, following which he was keen for a meeting to discuss the process further.
During the initial meeting the victim explained in detail what happened, the impact that it has had on him and how he feels now. He disclosed that he has significant anxiety following the incident and is fearful, believing the offender is following him. He said that he doesn’t feel safe leaving his home and has moved house multiple times since the incident, believing that the offender was following and trying to intimidate him. This has had a large financial effect on the victim. He described himself as feeling “pathetic” and frustrated for not being able to feel safe and move on.
The victim wanted to try to communicate with the harmer in order to get some closure. Expectations were managed around this as it was explained that the offender may not want to engage. Contact was made with the offender who confirmed that he was not willing to engage in the Restorative Justice process. He didn’t feel that it would be beneficial for either party as their version of events differed. He wanted to move on from the incident.
This information was relayed back to the victim, who understood the offender’s decision. He gave the following feedback, “I am very grateful for you and the service you offer, it is very beneficial”.