Restorative justice allows those who have been directly or indirectly affected by crime, and those who have committed crime, to come together to repair the harm that has been caused.
It can help victims of crime recover from the emotional damage that’s been caused and helps offenders to understand the impact their actions have had on others.
RJ helps to reduce the risk of reoffending and protects the public from crime. Victims of crime can be supported by increasing their involvement in the criminal justice system and it enables them to find ‘closure’ after the event. Offenders are provided with the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and to make amends to their victim.
It will help offenders to:
- accept and acknowledge the harm caused by their actions
- build the skills, resources and processes necessary to change offending behaviour
- put right the harm they have caused.