Victims Meet Their Offenders

Victims who took part in an 8-month long trial in Birmingham have praised the scheme.

Victims come face-to-face with their offenders

by Charlotte Grant

If your house had been burgled, can you imagine being offered the chance to come face to face with the person who did it?

That's what more than a hundred victims and offenders have been doing in the West Midlands. It's a new approach called restorative justice. The pilot scheme has worked so well, it could now be rolled out to other areas.

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What is 'restorative justice'?

'Restorative justice' is a process that brings those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, in contact with each other, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

In criminal justice, the restorative process allows victims to come face-to-face with offenders and gives them the opportunity to get answers. The scheme also allows offenders to be held responsible for what they have done and make them understand, take responsibility and amend changes.

Victims meet offenders scheme could go nationwide

Victims who took part in an 8-month long trial in Birmingham have praised the scheme Credit: ITV Central

A pilot project in which victims come face-to-face with offenders could be rolled out to other parts of the region. Victims who took part in an 8-month long trial in Birmingham have praised the scheme.

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