Restorative Justice (RJ) provides opportunities for victims to be heard and to have a say in the resolution of offences. It can take many forms, from a letter of apology to facilitated conferencing between the victim and offender. Potentially, RJ can transform the way in which the needs of the victim are met and can also enable offenders to face the consequences of their actions.
There is some excellent work underway in Surrey which includes a ‘restorative’ element. The Police & Crime Commissioner has used some of his victim and community safety funding to support RJ across the county: