Restorative Justice (RJ) gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime - it empowers victims by giving them a voice, it holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. The broader community can also benefit from this approach in terms of reducing the impact of re-offending.
Restorative Justice is not only for individuals but for families, groups and whole communities.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) describes an activity as a restorative justice activity if:
- The participants consist of, or includes, the offender and one or more of the victims;
- The activity gives a victim or victims an opportunity to talk about, or by other means express experience of, the offending and its impact and to have a say in the resolution of offences; and
- The activity aims to maximise the offender’s awareness of the impact of the offending concerned on the victims.
Government research demonstrates that restorative justice provides an 85% victim satisfaction rate and a 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending.
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership of the following orgainsations: