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 justice 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 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% victim satisfaction rate, and a 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending. 

Restorative justice is about victims and offenders communicating within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and finding a way to repair that harm. For offenders, the experience can be incredibly challenging as it confronts them with the personal impact of their crime. For victims, meeting the person who has harmed them can be a huge step in moving forward and recovering from the crime.

How does it work?

Restorative justice conferences, where a victim meets their offender, are led by a facilitator who supports and prepares the people taking part and makes sure that the process is safe. Sometimes, when a face to face meeting is not the best way forward, the facilitator will arrange for the victim and offender to communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video.

For any kind of communication to take place, the offender must have admitted to the crime, and both victim and offender must be willing to participate. Restorative justice can be used for any type of crime and at any stage of the criminal justice system, including alongside a prison sentence. The Restorative Justice Council advocates the use of safe, high quality restorative justice wherever and whenever it is needed.

Restorative justice is increasingly being used outside of the criminal justice system, where it is referred to as restorative practice. Restorative practice is effective in building strong relationships and can help prevent and manage conflict in schools, children’s services, workplaces, hospitals, prisons and communities. 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.

7th Nov 2014 | RJC

Further Reading about Restorative Justice