What is Restorative Justice (RJ?)
Restorative Justice (RJ) involves the use of direct or indirect forms of communication between offender and victim, or harmer and harmed, usually after an offence or wrong doing has taken place in order to repair the harm.
The Restorative Justice Council provides the following definition of RJ:
“Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.”
Who is suitable for RJ?
If you have been a victim of crime you may express an interest in taking part. The Restorative Justice Adviser will review the suitability of your case and explore whether the offender agrees to participate.
To find out more about Restorative Justice in Norfolk and Suffolk and how you could take part please contact our Restorative Justice Advisor, Katherine Stone [email protected]. Alternatively you can find information about Restorative Justice via Victim Support’s website or the Restorative Justice Council’s website.
“I’m just relieved, it helped with everything really. It helped with my family, they could see I felt better.”
- Victim of assault and criminal damage, Suffolk.
"I felt comfortable and not pressured. Talking really helped everything. As time went on I felt more able to talk about things and felt much better."
- Victim of assault, Norfolk.
“It's a real help to know the person. She was just a name before, a press report and a sentence. Now she is real.”
- Victim of burglary, Norfolk.
“I thought it a really useful mechanism for dealing with the situation so positively. I am sure the nature of the process will stick with him [the offender] for a very long time. It's positive, adds value to people’s lives and is real. The whole process was very professional.”
- Victim of criminal damage, Suffolk.