All victims locally who have engaged with restorative justice have said it has significantly helped them to move on and would recommend it to other victims. At the beginning of their RJ journey, it's likely they were 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 acts as motivation for people to take part, as they feel it empowers them. We hope it means you will get answers to your unresolved questions and will help you heal from the hurt that has been caused.
You will always be supported by a trained facilitator. 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 some time after the crime but you can refer at any time.
For some victims, meeting the person who caused them harm is too much to face. You facilitator will discuss other options with you for indirect communication.
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership of the following orgainsations: