Restorative Justice ..

Find out more about Restorative Justice across the following areas:

Restorative Justice Works

  • Independent expert analysis finds RJ would benefit society by over 1billion read more.

  • RJC/Victim Support proposal for victims of serious crime would save 185 million read more.

  • RJC summary of Ministry Justice research into restorative justice read more.

Restorative Justice in Action

Ray and Vi Donovan met the young man who murdered their son Christopher. Hear their story.

RJ In Action
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What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

In criminal justice, restorative processes give 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 also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Government research demonstrates that restorative justice provides an 85 per cent victim satisfaction rate, and a 14 per cent reduction in the frequency of reoffending.

Restorative processes are increasingly being used in schools, care homes and the wider community to address conflict, build understanding and strengthen relationships with young people. In these contexts it is also known by the names 'restorative approaches' and 'restorative practices'.

Use the menu to the top right for information about restorative justice in each area.

For films and stories of people who have experienced restorative justice visit our video wall - click here.

For information on the research evidence that restorative justice reduces reoffending, helps victims and reduces conflict in our schools and communities click here.

All restorative work is underpinned by principles and best practice, building on a strong evidence base. For information about our work to ensure restorative justice provides a safe and positive experience for those involved click here.

18th Aug 2014 | RJC

Further Reading about Restorative Justice