Video: Victim Care Merseyside partners with Restorative Solutions to offer support to victims of crime

Merseyside OPCC, in partnership with Restorative Solutions, have produced a short video encouraging victims of crime to participate in Restorative Justice in order to help them recover from the crime and move on with their lives.

In the video, Louise explains the benefits she felt from taking part in RJ, saying that; “It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders [...] It was quite uplifting really.

“I could then start to move on with my life, because I’ve now got answers to the questions I’ve held since I was a five-year-old little girl. It’s kind of really changed the way I think and feel about what happened to me as a young girl. I’ve now started to feel happy, I’ve been promoted in work, and I’m kind of putting that behind me. I have got that power and that control and it’s a really, really lovely, uplifting feeling.”

The video explains how RJ is a voluntary process, whereby the offender must have admitted to the crime before communication can take place, and both the victim and offender must be willing to participate. The short video also explains how the RJ process works, as well as the steps which a victim of crime can take if they are interested in taking part in restorative justice.

Jeannette Wrigley, lead RJ practitioner for Restorative Solutions, said: “Restorative justice can have a huge impact. It empowers victims, giving them the opportunity to meet or communicate with their offenders in a safe environment.” 

Restorative Solutions are delighted to be partnering with Victim Care Merseyside to support victims of crime through the process of RJ, and so pleased to see the positive impact that RJ is having on people like Louise, who now feel able to move on with their lives thanks to RJ.

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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.

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