What is Restorative Justice?
As a victim of crime, you may be able to take part in Restorative Justice. This is when you have contact with the offender, either directly or indirectly.
It is a victim-centred process, which supports you to communicate safely with the person who has caused you harm.
Both you and the offender need to agree for the contact to take place. It gives you the chance to tell the offender what the impact of their crime has been, seek an apology and get answers to any questions.
‘Communicate safely’ can mean face-to-face, by letter or through questions asked via a facilitator. Any interaction that you agree to take part in with the offender will be overseen by a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner.
You may also be asked about what type of action you would like to see an offender undertake to help repair some of the damage done by their crime.
Restorative Justice is always voluntary – you do not have to take part, and offenders must agree to enter in to the process for the right reasons.