Restorative Justice can be used for any crime where there is an identifiable victim and offender, as long as both parties agree to take part. Victim led Restorative Justice is available for all offences, however we cannot accept offender-led referrals for domestic abuse or sexual violence.
If a case goes to court then sentencing is always up to the Judge who is regulated by sentencing guidelines. Restorative Justice has no impact on sentencing decisions as the judge is the only person who can decide on the appropriate sentence for the crime that the offender has committed.
A parole board may be advised that an offender has participated in a restorative process however, the restorative work will be a very small part of the dossier provided for a parole board to consider when making their decisions.
Restorative Justice can be done both directly and indirectly. Direct Restorative Justice involves a face-to-face conference. If a victim or offender would prefer not to, or are unable to meet face-to-face, Indirect Restorative Justice can be facilitated through phone calls, video calls, letter writing, emails, or passing on messages through a third party.
Restorative Justice can sometimes involve forgiveness, but it doesn’t have to and it’s not expected to.
For some victims and survivors who engage in Restorative Justice, it is important to them that the offender takes full responsibility and is remorseful. However, there are some victims who engage in Restorative Justice because they just want an opportunity to tell the offender how the crime impacted them, and for the offender to think about the consequences of their actions.
Both victims and offenders can self refer if they are interested in pursuing Restorative Justice. Victim referrals can also come from Victim Support or Victim Liaison Officers, support agencies and GPs. Offender referrals can come from police, probation, or prison officers.
It’s free to take part in Restorative Justice with us.
All Restorative processes are trauma informed and facilitated by trained professionals, known as Restorative Justice Practitioners who work with both parties in every step of the process to prepare and manage safety for everyone.
Restorative Justice helps offenders to see the impact of their actions.
It allows offenders the opportunity to apologise and explain.
It gives them the opportunity to make amends where possible.
It helps the offender put the crime behind them.
It reduces reoffending rates by 14%.
Restorative Justice can reduce victim’s symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD after a crime takes place.
It empowers victims and gives them a chance to have their voice heard, taking back control.
It allows them the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the crime, e.g ‘why me?’, ‘did you target me specifically?’.
It helps the victim put the crime behind them.
Restorative Justice is a completely voluntary process for both victim and offender. You can change your mind at any time throughout the process, either by opting out or opting in.
Restorative Justice has to be voluntary for both victims and offenders. If the offender decides that they do not want to take part in a Restorative Justice process, our team will talk with you about what other support is available and how you can access it if you wish to.