Direct Gov – Victims of Crime
All victims have the right to what is known as restorative justice. This means that you have the right to be involved in deciding on a response to a crime.
Restorative Justice Council
The RJC is the independent third sector membership body for the field of restorative practice. Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Youth Justice Board
If you are a victim of a crime, you may be offered the chance to take part in a restorative justice process. This provides the opportunity for those directly affected by an offence – victim, offender and members of the community – to communicate and agree how to deal with the offence and its consequences.
Restorative processes typically result in the offender making practical amends (reparation) to repair the harm – this may include an apology. Communication between victim and offender can help victims put the offence behind them and be more satisfied with the outcome.
Why me? promotes the right of every victim of crime to have the chance to sit down and talk to the person who caused them harm. Crime victims want to ask the offender direct questions — starting with "Why me?" Restorative Justice can provide answers and give peace of mind, whatever the severity of the crime.