Do you have questions for the offender in your crime?
Would you like to get answers from the offender?
If so, then Restorative Justice may be beneficial for you.
Restorative Justice is a voluntary process that gives you the opportunity to communicate with the offender, to ask questions and gives you a chance to say how you have been affected by the crime.
Restorative Justice is a voluntary process that gives you the chance to communicate with the offender. Communication does not have to happen face to face (although it can if you want to), and could instead be indirectly through writing letters or passing verbal messages.
It is an opportunity for you to talk about the crime or incident, how it has affected you as well as a chance to ask any questions you may have. The main aim of Restorative Justice is to provide you with a means of closure and the chance to move forward with your life.
Every step of the process is guided and supported by a specially trained Victim CARE Restorative Justice Practitioner, and progresses at a pace comfortable to you.
If you are interested in Restorative Justice our Victim CARE Restorative Justice Practitioner will talk through the process with you. If your offender can be identified they will approach them to see if they are happy to talk through the process with them. The offender must be willing to take part voluntarily – and as it is an entirely voluntary process, if at any point you feel you don’t want to progress, there is no obligation to continue.
Restorative Justice doesn’t replace the normal criminal justice processes – it is not a ‘soft’ option for offenders. It can take place alongside whatever the police, crown prosecution service and courts decide to do with the offender – even if they go to prison.
Restorative Justice has been shown to be highly effective in helping victims feel empowered as it gives them a voice and enables them to have direct or indirect contact with the offender. Government research demonstrates that 85% of victims participating in Restorative Justice are satisfied with the process. It has also demonstrated a reduction in the re-offending rate of offenders who have taken part.
To find out more about what Restorative Justice might look like and the potential benefits of the process please look at the two videos below.
If you are interested in Restorative Justice contact the Nottinghamshire Victim CARE team on 0800 304 7575 and ask to speak to a Restorative Justice Practitioner. Alternatively please complete the online form here and someone will be in touch.