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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight commissions Restorative Solutions to deliver their Restorative Justice service.
Becoming a victim of crime is often a traumatic experience. Many victims feel that their life has been turned upside down, and what was once normal and familiar no longer feels safe. Whilst the criminal justice process deals with the offence, it can sometimes leave those harmed feeling out of control and in need of answers that simply cannot be provided during the formal process.
Restorative Justice can change this.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a victim focused approach that empowers victims and communities by giving them the opportunity to:
Communicate directly or indirectly with the person/s responsible for the offence
explain how the crime has affected them
It is about holding offenders to account for what they have done, by helping them to understand the real impact of their behaviour directly from those harmed by their actions.
It is also an opportunity for the offender to take responsibility for what they have done, acknowledge the harm caused and where possible make amends.
Any victim of crime or anti-social behaviour can access Restorative Justice services, regardless of when the offence was committed. Each case will be assessed on an individual basis before being taken forward, and all cases which progress are risk assessed throughout
Restorative Justice is voluntary for all parties. As the victim, Restorative Justice hopes to empower you by having your voice heard, giving you the opportunity to express how you have been affected by the crime and to have any questions answered.
To find out more contact HIOW@restorativesolutions.org.uk or 0800 043 87 85
Michelle West, Service Delivery Manager Hampshire and Isle Of Wight