Restorative Justice is a process where a victim can meet the person who was responsible for the offence.
It is available to all victims of crime and Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) across Avon and Somerset.
For many people talking about what happened and how it made them feel helps them move on.
Evidence shows that for those victims who take part 85% come away feeling satisfied and it leads to a 27% reduction in reoffending.
If you would like to meet the person who has committed the crime or anti-social behaviour, they will be asked if they want to meet you.
If both agree you will be given the opportunity to talk about what happened in a meeting.
The meeting is held at a neutral location at a time which is convenient to you and is led by a professional facilitator. You will be able to bring along relatives, friends or other people to give you support.
Restorative justice gives you a chance to talk about what happened with the offender. This might include:
Restorative justice helps offenders by:
Restorative justice can be used at any stage as the case goes through court as well as those dealt with outside court.
There are three basic requirements that must be met before communication can take place:
If a meeting is not appropriate the restorative justice professional may be able to coordinate communication by letter or other means.
To speak to a Restorative Justice Coordinator you can:
Emails/phones are not monitored during evenings and weekends. In an emergency, call 999 and in a non-emergency call 101.
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