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Restorative Justice

When a crime has been committed or an incident has occurred, Restorative Justice offers an opportunity for the victim, the offender and sometimes members of the community to come together to discuss how to repair the harm caused.

The Victims' Code states that the police should inform victims about how they can take part in Restorative Justice. The victim and offender’s participation is always voluntary.

Restorative Justice can be a very powerful tool in reducing reoffending. It enables victims to tell offenders the real impact of their crimes, get answers and possibly receive an apology. It also gives offenders the chance to understand what they have done, take responsibility for their actions and consider ways to make amends for their behaviour.

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Restorative justice in Kent

The PCC has commissioned Restorative Solutions to provide restorative justice here in Kent. In the long term it is hoped the scheme will reduce crime rates, as evidence shows offenders who have faced up to their victims are less likely to go on to commit crimes again.

If you have been v​ictim of a crime, you can get more information about restorative justice in Kent by visiting our local website. The website includes case studies detailing the experiences of both victims and offenders of going through the restorative justice process.

You can also get information by calling freephone 0800 783 1583 or by downloading a leaflet.

make a referral

If you represent a partner agency and you know of a victim who may benefit from being referred into Kent's Restorative Justice programme then please download and complete a Restorative Justice referral form.

Then, send it to Resorative Solutions via email.

Please note this form will be sent directly to our commissioned provider, Restorative Solutions, not to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
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