Communicating with the offender helps some victims recover from the impact of crime. But decide if it’s for you, and only ever take part on your own terms.
You can receive information about Restorative Justice and how you can take part. You can seek restorative justice from a range of agencies including; police, Probation Service, HM Prison Service, or Youth Offending Teams.
Your entitlements are explained in detail in the Victims’ Code.
Whether or not to take part in restorative justice is a very personal decision and as the victim you should never feel pressured into taking part.
Decide if it’s right for you
Some victims tell us that speaking directly to their offender is an empowering moment in their recovery. However, it’s not for everyone. You need to make sure you’re taking part for you and where you are in your own journey.
You don’t have to meet the offender
Restorative justice doesn’t have to mean a face-to-face meeting. You can exchange letters or emails which some people find less intimidating.
Guidance on restorative justice
The victim information site explains:
- how restorative justice can help
- the ways you can communicate with the offender
- where to get more information