Restorative justice can be for anyone who feels it is right for them. All adult victims are entitled to information about Restorative Justice as stated under the victim’s code of practice.
You might hear the terms 'victim led' or 'offender led' restorative justice. These terms mean that one party has requested to access some restorative approach but for any restorative justice to take place both parties have to be willing and the process for victims is completely voluntary. This means that you should not feel pressurised in any way to take part.
The process of restorative justice can help get answers to unresolved questions and an apology for the harm that has been caused. Restorative justice is regarded by some as not being appropriate in crimes of abuse for example in domestic violence cases. This is because some specialists feel that it opens the victim up to the potential of further psychological abuse. Despite this concern, it is for the victim to decide what is best for them.
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership of the following orgainsations: