Four out of five victims that have engaged with restorative justice said that is has significantly helped them to move on and would recommend it to other victims. At the beginning, they were probably understandably anxious about what it would involve. As the victim, you are in control of what happens and to what extent. You can withdraw from any arrangements at any time.
Restorative justice is about having a voice as a victim. This is often the motivation for people to take part as they feel it empowers them. It hopefully means you will get answers to some unresolved questions and help you heal from the hurt that has been caused.
You will always be supported by your facilitator. They are trained and are members of the local forums for restorative justice across the peninsula. You will be thoroughly prepared on what to expect both before and after any meeting and the facilitator will lead any meeting between you and the offender.
As a victim, you are entitled to find out more and access restorative justice when you feel ready. This might be sometime after the crime but you can refer at any time.
For some victims, meeting the actual person that did them harm is too much to face. You facilitator will discuss other options with you, including the use of surrogate offenders. These will be people that did not commit the crime against you but come from an offending background. This can also be used should the offender choose not to take part.
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership of the following orgainsations: