Restorative Justice is a completely voluntary process. You can change your mind at any time, either by opting out or opting in.

If you decide that you don’t want to take part in Restorative Justice after the process has begun, you don’t have to continue, whether you’re the victim or the offender.

Similarly, you might wish to change your mind about the way the Restorative Justice conference is held. For example, if you were planning to have a face-to-face RJ conference, but no longer feel comfortable doing so, you can choose an indirect method.

Indirect Restorative Justice is communication between the victim and the offender that doesn’t happen face-to-face. It could be through audio recordings, video recordings, video calls, phone calls, letter writing, emails, or messages passed on by our trained RJ facilitators.

It’s up to the victim and offender to decide which option to go for. Or, they may find that they start with letter writing, for example, but then decide to meet face-to-face because they feel comfortable enough to do so. Sometimes the form of Restorative Justice conferences changes course, but as long as both parties agree, then it’s completely OK.

In short, you do not have to go ahead with Restorative Justice if you don’t want to, even if you’ve already started the process. If you’re not sure you want to have a face-to-face RJ conference, plenty of other options are available.

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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

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