Restorative justice

Restorative justice is a voluntary process which brings those that have been harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm into communication with trained facilitators.

 

What is restorative justice?

  • Restorative justice is a voluntary process which brings those that have been harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm into communication with trained facilitators. 
  • It enables those that have been affected, the opportunity to ask questions and tell those responsible for the harm, the impact that their behaviour has had upon them. 
  • The process is facilitated by trained restorative justice facilitators from a variety of different organisations.

Most importantly, the process is led by you

Who is suitable for a restorative process?

  • The Victims Code states that all victims should be given the opportunity to take part in a restorative process within their local area if appropriate. 
  • Not all cases or circumstances are right for restorative justice. However if you have been a victim of crime or conflict, you may want to find out more information to see if restorative justice is right for you. 
  • The process is voluntary and needs the agreement of both parties to be involved.

Restorative processes can be used at any point in the Criminal Justice System from a very minor first offence to those serving a prison sentence.

Why might I consider a restorative process?

  • People affected by crime or conflict take part in a restorative process for many different reasons. You may have questions and want to understand ‘why’ or ‘why me’. 
  • You may have other concerns which can only be addressed by engaging with those responsible for the harm. 
  • Many people who have engaged in restorative justice found it very positive and an empowering experience. 
  • For those responsible for causing the harm, they have the opportunity to listen to the harm that they have caused and the impact their actions have had.

This is your opportunity to find out more

What is involved?

  • A trained restorative justice facilitator will meet with you and your support if needed and find out more about what happened. 
  • They will discuss the different options that are available to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. 
  • They will then meet with the harmer and assess their suitability for the process. 
  • If both parties are agreeable, then a face to face meeting can be organised. This would be in a safe environment with the trained facilitators. 
  • In addition to a face to face meeting, there are other restorative approaches available which our trained facilitators can discuss with you

How do I find out more

  • For more information, please visit Restorative Justice West Yorkshire or call 0800 783 1550 or email us here
  • Follow us on Twitter: @RJWestYorkshire
  • Alternatively for more information about Restorative Justice you can visit the Restorative Justice Council website at here or the Why Me charity here
  • Victim Support is also available in your area and can give free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family and friends and anyone else affected. They give information, emotional support and practical help. You can contact them on 0845 3030900 or by clicking here