Who benefits from Restorative Justice?

Victims often want to understand why the crime happened to them. Restorative Justice empowers victims, putting them at the heart of the process and meeting their needs in a way that the traditional justice system can't.

Victims want to know that they are not likely to be harmed by the same person again, and often they want to know that the offender will not harm anyone else in the future either.

By helping the offender to face up to the consequences of what they have done, Restorative Justice (RJ) provides the offender with the chance to make a real difference to the victim, and to begin to think about changing their behaviour in the future.

Research shows that around 60% of victims offered the opportunity to participate in RJ say yes. For offenders, approached on the basis of having accepted responsibility/pleaded guilty and with a victim who wishes to participate, 75% say yes.


When can Restorative Justice take place?

RJ can be used when the victim you are working with feels it would support them in their recovery.

It can take place at all stages of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), including Out-of-Court, Pre-Sentence (as part of either an adjournment between plea and sentence or as part of a deferred sentence), and Post-Sentence.

It is important that there is the opportunity for an RJ activity to take place at the right time for all the participants involved.

RJ should not disrupt CJS processes.


Which cases are suitable?

No offence is excluded.

RJ should be victim-focused, so that it is their choice whether or not to participate, but the offender also has to agree.

The service is free of charge, completely confidential and impartial. If a victim or offender is being supported by a CJS agency or partner, we will update that organisation about the outcomes of RJ activities.


Will it impact on any sentence?

That is for the sentencer alone to decide.

It is not the purpose of Restorative Justice to influence sentencing decisions. That is made clear to both victim and offender at the start.


How do I find out more or make a referral?

The service accepts referrals for all crimes.

The service takes referrals from the police, victims, victims’ services organisations, offender management agencies and any other organisation that is working with victims or offenders.

Any RJ outcome will be determined in line with both the victim’s and offender’s wishes.

The RJ procedure will not prejudice the victim, offender or the criminal justice process.

What Is RJ? A Short Overview

Contact details for referrals

You can refer to Restorative Justice Service for Hampshire & The Isle of Wight by contacting the following:

Tel: 0800 043 8785
Email: restorativereferrals@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Click here to download the External Agency Referral Form

Referral criteria

  • Offenders 18 and over (young offenders will come under the YOT)
  • Victims of any age
  • Any offence type (please note that Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence or Historical Sexual Abuse cases must be victim led)
  • A connection to the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton areas by either Victim address, offender address or offence location
  • No time restrictions (the case can be recent or decades old)
  • If a case is going through court we may wait until it has come to a conclusion

Contact details for Professionals in Hampshire & The Isle of Wight:

Click here to find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner's strategy on Restorative Justice

The Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned Restorative Solutions to provide their local Restorative Justice Service.

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Case Studies

A Burglary In Southampton

"When the police told me about RJ, I was interested straight away and they referred me to the RJ service.

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Historical Sexual Abuse

The offences against Joshua were of a sexual nature and were committed in the 1980s, when Joshua was aged between 10 and 15 years old.

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Residential Burglaries in Hampshire

Watch this video about how Restorative Justice brought peace to a burglary victim.

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Rosalyn's Story

Rosalyn shares her experience of Restorative Justice.

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What People Say About RJ

The facilitators have been wonderful. I feel stronger than I did. I would really recommend Restorative Justice.

Debbie, victim

I hope that she would understand that I know what I’ve done was wrong and I’ve learnt from my actions.

Ryan, offender

I had my opportunity to discuss the incident and also to meet the offender in person.

Leighton, victim

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