What is restorative justice?
Restorative justice gives you the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on you.
It will only happen if you and the offender both want to take part and the trained facilitator decides that it's safe.
It can done in different ways. You might meet face-to-face or exchange messages, but always with the involvement of the facilitator.
How it can help you
It can be a chance for you to:
- describe how you’ve been affected by a crime
- get answers to questions
- and move on with life
You might also be able to agree on something the offender can do to make amends.
How it can help the offender
It can be a chance for them to:
- understand the real impact of their behaviour
- and put a human face to their crime
It might also stop them from committing another crime.
How it works
The investigating officer will tell you how you can take part, if restorative justice is available near you. If the offender is under 18, the Youth Offending Team will be in touch.
You can find more information about restorative justice on the Restorative Justice Council website.