A Fresh Start
Posted on: 14th, December 2023
Welcoming in the new year is often when we look ahead and plan for the future, but it can sometimes be just as valuable to use this time to reflect on the past. The beginning of a new year is the opportunity for a fresh start, and to address things that are weighing on our minds.
If you have been involved in a crime, whether it was recent or many years ago, Restorative Justice could help you find closure.
Restorative Justice is a voluntary service that brings victims of crime and offenders into communication in a safe, mediated environment. The purpose of Restorative Justice is to help victims of crime move on in a healthy way, allowing them to get their power and confidence back, show the offender how the crime has impacted them and ask any questions.
Restorative Justice can also benefit the offender, by helping them see the impact of their actions, as well as providing the opportunity to apologise, explain and make amends where possible. It also reduces reoffending rates.
Restorative Justice is voluntary, so both parties have to agree to take part for the process to go ahead. It’s free, and facilitated by trained practitioners. Restorative Justice can happen face-to-face, or indirectly, through letters, phone calls, video calls or messages.
If the beginning of a new year has prompted you to consider Restorative Justice, please get in touch.