Restorative justice will allow victims to "look offenders in the eye" and explain "the impact the crime has had on their life", according to the Government.
Policing minister Damian Green has announced a multi-million pound funding boost for restorative justice measures, which he says will force criminals to "face the consequences of their actions".
He denied restorative justice was a "soft option" and offenders would still face a full punishment.
– Policing Minister Damian Green
Many victims of crime get to see sentences handed down in the courts, but it's not always enough to help them move on with their lives.
Restorative justice gives victims the opportunity to look offenders in the eye and explain to them the real impact the crime has had on their life.
The process also provides a chance for offenders to face the consequences of their actions.
Restorative justice is not a soft option and will not lead to offenders escaping punishment. Crimes of a serious nature will continue to be progressed through the courts.