If you have been a victim of crime, Restorative Justice may help.
What is Restorative Justice?
If you’ve been a victim of crime, Restorative Justice can offer you the chance to communicate with your offender. This could be done by meeting in person, by writing to one another, or by relaying messages through an impartial facilitator.
Restorative Justice gives you a voice. It allows you to ask questions that can’t be asked in any other setting, to help you get the answers and explanation you deserve. It also gives you a say in how the matter is resolved. You can choose how amends are made and the harm repaired.
Among the many healing effects of Restorative Justice, victims report:
- feeling empowered
- feeling safe and secure again
- regaining their confidence and self-esteem
- recovering from post-traumatic stress
- having peace of mind restored
- getting closure
- finding the strength to draw a line under the incident and move on.
Find out more
PCC Ron Hogg is working with partners to ensure more victims have access to the Restorative Hub across County Durham and Darlington.
You can constact staff within the Restorative Hub, who will help you decide if this option is for you. They will seek to understand your wishes and priorities, and what’s most important to you. They’ll run through the options available and check which one feels right for you.
Taking part is entirely voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any time.