“Restorative Justice brings 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” Restorative Justice Council
Different types of Restorative Justice
Direct Restorative Justice:
Supervised face-to-face meeting facilitated by a trained facilitator
Indirect Restorative Justice:
Letter of Explanation:
A letter written by the offender providing an explanation and/or an apology for their offending behaviour
Mediation via a third party to communicate feelings and thoughts without meeting the offender.
How can we help/ what can we do?
Victims First Northumbria are proud to have all staff trained as Restorative Justice Facilitators. They will discuss with you what additional choices and options may be available in relation to a restorative solution. This does not have to be face to face.
Our co-ordinators are available to discuss your choices and options, inform you fully of the process and provide support throughout. Should you wish to participate in any of the interventions, our trained facilitators can be there in person to support you throughout and ensure that you have additional support in place after you have engaged in the process.
Victims First Northumbria work closely with partner agencies including the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and Northumbria Police to ensure that all Restorative Interventions are fully risk assessed and suitable to progress.
Benefits for Victims
Participating in Restorative Justice has proven to help improve a victim’s cope and recovery helping them to recover from the crime.
Is there any feedback about the benefits of Restorative Justice?
Victims First Northumbria are proud to announce that 100% of service users have been satisfied with the Restorative service they have received
Victims First celebrated receiving the Restorative Services Quality Mark (RSQM), which is a recognised award assuring service users that Victims First Northumbria provide a quality Restorative service, this was presented to us in October 2018 by HRH The Princess Royal.
Have you been a victim of crime and want to enquire about taking part in Restorative Justice?
Email or call us on 0800 0113116
Still want to know more?
Watch Victims First Northumbria’s video explaining what Restorative Justice is or Peter Woolfs – The Woolf Within to find out more about how Restorative Justice can help you after crime or download our Restorative Justice leaflet here
Partners we work with in Restorative Justice
As the initial point of contact for most victims of crime, Northumbria Police will discuss Restorative Justice with the victim when completing a Victims First Needs Assessment. The officer will explain what Restorative Justice is and explore their choices and options in further detail. Northumbria Police will then refer the victim into Victims First Northumbria.
The National Probation Service currently works with high risk offenders. The National Probation Service also assists in identifying cases suitable for a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, if the offender is standard or medium risk it is then the duty of the Community Rehabilitation Company to determine whether Restorative Justice forms a part of this requirement.
Community Rehabilitation Company
Community Rehabilitation Company
The Community Rehabilitation Company is responsible for managing low and medium risk offenders in the community. The Community Rehabilitation Company works closely with Victims First Northumbria in operating a victim centered approach to the delivery of Restorative Justice across Northumbria.