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.
Frequently asked questions
When is restorative justice used?
Do I have to meet the offender?
What are the benefits of restorative justice?
How does restorative justice differ from a Community Resolution?
- A suspect has been charged
- A suspect has been cautioned
- A suspect has received a Penalty Notice for Disorder
- The suspect has died
- Prosecution is not in the public interest
- No suspect has been identified
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 victim of a crime, you can get more information about restorative justice in Kent by visiting our local RJ 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 this leaflet about RJ.
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 referral form.
Then, send it to Restorative 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.