Restorative Cleveland aims to assist in ensuring that every victim of crime has access to a high standard of Restorative Justice at any point in their criminal justice journey.
Restorative Cleveland is a multi-agency team of local trained practitioners. The RJ coordinator will liaise with the RJ team to manage the referral from start to finish in a timely manner, dependant upon meeting the needs of the victim and the complexity of the case.
How does it help the victim?
Government research showed 85% of those that took part in restorative justice were satisfied with the outcome. It gives victims the chance to get answers to their questions and make the offender understand how their actions have impacted on others. The majority of victims feel empowered following the RJ process because they are able to gain some closure and move on with their lives.
Will the offender change?
There is no guarantee that Restorative Justice will have a positive impact on every offender as each case is different. It does however, make the offender understand that their actions have had a negative effect on the victim’s life. Government research has found that that RJ reduced reoffending by 27%.
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership of the following orgainsations: