There are so many brilliant benefits of Restorative Justice for victims of crime.

Many victims of crime experience trauma after the crime takes place. They can feel powerless and afraid. Restorative Justice can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

It allows them to see the offender as another person instead of a monster - often the idea of coming face-to-face with someone who has harmed them is worse than actually seeing them in the flesh and this can remove those fears.

Restorative Justice gives victims of crime their power back. Being able to have their say in a safe and mediated environment can help victims of crime regain a sense of control in a situation where they have been powerless. The victim can have control over the RJ environment, including where they sit, where the offender sits, and who enters the room first.

Restorative Justice also lets victims of crime move on with their lives in a healthy and productive way. Having a secure space to communicate with the offender to express how the crime has impacted their lives and the people around them gives victims their voice back.

Restorative Justice gives victims the opportunity to ask any questions they might have and can give them reassurance that the offender doesn't want to harm the again. For example, a victim might wonder if they were specifically targeted or why the offender chose them in particular, e.g. ‘why did you attack me?’. In this way, taking part in Restorative Justice can give victims a sense of closure that they wouldn’t be able to achieve through other methods.

Click here to learn more about Restorative Justice.

Start a conversation

We’d love to talk to you about how we can find a solution for you.

or simply call us on 01772 842109

What people say about Restorative Solutions

I'm so glad I am working with RJ. I don't know who would listen to me if it wasn’t for you.
A Person Harmed by Crime
RJ is very underrated and I certainly think we should be using it more.
A Professional who Referred Someone into our Service
Very satisfied – it’s been a great service. A worthwhile process for me and I hope for the offenders. Staff have been great and I would like to thank them.
A victim
It was the right thing to do. Both victims told me to let go of what happened. I didn't want to hear it but they both forgave me and said I should move on. I have taken that on and thought about it and I have come to terms with what happened. You've helped me significantly. It's as though my head has been lifted of a gigantic weight.
An Offender
Thanks for your time today. I feel like you understand R so well, I really hope you can help him to learn how to be happy.
Feedback from a family in East Kent
Restorative Justice offers a unique opportunity for victims and survivors to move on from and overcome the trauma that can be left with them after experiencing crime. I am exceedingly proud of the work that the team at Restorative Solutions do in supporting our community. We should always consider the needs of victims of crime and this service exemplifies that sentiment and allows so many to put behind them what can be the worst experience of their lives.
Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Case Studies

An Attempted Burglary: Restorative Justice Case Study

When Joanne and her husband had just gone to bed, they heard a really loud bang downstairs. They immediately thought som...

A Workplace Assault: Restorative Justice Case Study

Nick worked at a clothing shop. When he noticed Glenn, a customer, shoplifting, Nick stepped in to challenge him. The po...

A Manslaughter: Restorative Justice Case Study

We received a referral from a Victim Liaison Officer who was working on a manslaughter case. The grandmother advised the...

A Robbery: Restorative Justice Case Study

This Restorative Justice case saw Jamie and Ruth openly communicate in a face-to-face conference. Years before, Jamie at...

A Non-Recent Child Sexual Abuse: Restorative Justice Case Study

The victim in this non-recent child sexual abuse case was a 56-year-old woman called Lisa. Her father sexually abused he...

A Creeper Burglary: Restorative Justice Case Study

This was a case of an overnight “creeper” burglary in a residential area where the harmer had gained access through an u...

Our Partners

Insights, Articles & Advice

The Victims' Commissioner Has Launched the 2022 Victims' Survey

Dame Vera Baird QC, the Victims’ Commissioner, has launched the 2022 Victims’ Survey. The survey should only take around...

Read More

An Excellent RJ Conference in Merseyside

An Excellent RJ Conference in Merseyside...

Read More

The 5 ‘R’s of Restorative Justice: Are They Always Applicable?

The 5 ‘R’s of Restorative Justice: Are They Always Applicable?...

Read More

Get News and Updates

Start a conversation 01772 842109