Mo's Story:

Meeting his offender

As a trained medic, Mo had been trying to help a man who had collapsed in the street.

But it became apparent that the man was under the influence of alcohol and he soon became violent and abusive. Mo was struck by a bottle and was left with cuts and bruises. 

After police involvement, the man was charged with assault. 

A Northumbria Victims & Witness Service officer got in touch to get Mo’s story and they began to discuss restorative justice – a process through which offenders and victims communicate to help the victim process what has happened. 

Mo was keen to participate in this voluntary process and following a risk assessment, the NVWS worker arranged for Mo and the offender to meet face to face. It was timed to enable the offender to participate in an alcohol education programme.

His NVWS worker accompanied him to the session, ensuring he felt safe and comfortable throughout. Both victim and offender had the chance to share how they had been affected by the incident, and the offender used the opportunity to apologise for his behaviour. 

Mo reinforced that he bore the offender no ill will and was satisfied with the apology he received. The restorative justice meeting concluded with a shaking of hands and a resolution for both parties to move forward in a positive direction.

If you have been affected by this story, help is available at Northumbria Victim & Witness Service.
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