Restorative Justice is about victims and offenders communicating in a supported environment to discuss the harm that has been caused, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Restorative Justice will only happen if the victim and the offender both want to take part and a trained facilitator decides that it's safe.
Restorative justice often involves a meeting, where a victim meets their offender face to face. When a face to face meeting is not appropriate, the victim and offender can communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video instead. It's a process which puts the victim in control, giving them the opportunity to seek answers from their offender. With an 85% satisfaction rate, victims have felt a sense of relief, empowerment and closure after meeting the offender. For offenders, this experience can help them understand the harm caused and the impact of their behaviour, giving them an opportunity to make amends.
For further information on Restorative Justice please visit the Dyfed-Powys Police website.