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Northumbria Victim & Witness Service staff are trained as restorative justice facilitators. They can set up a risk-assessed face to face meeting between you and the offender, at which the facilitator is present to mediate and direct the session.
Alternatively, another method of restorative justice is to receive a letter from the offender, in which they apologise or explain their behaviours to you. Whatever option you choose, your Victim & Witness Support Officer will ensure you have support in place at each stage of the restorative justice process.
Benefits of Restorative Justice
- Allows a victim to tell their story, be heard and understood.
- Reduces a victim’s level of fear by personalising the offender.
- Largely reduces a victims’ post-traumatic stress symptoms.
- Brings the victim a sense of closure.
- Enables a victim to ask questions and get answers.
- Empowers a victim to help make a difference to an offender’s behaviour.
- Restorative Justice requires an offender who is remorseful for their actions.