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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.

frequently asked questions

Restorative justice in Kent

Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning Restorative Justice schemes in their force area.

The PCC has commissioned Restorative Solutions to provide this service, which will:

• Reduce the harm caused to individuals and communities as a result of crime
• Support victims' long term recovery
• Support offenders to understand the effect of their actions
• Restore confidence in the criminal justice system

In the long term it is hoped the scheme will reduce crime rates. Evidence shows that offenders who have to face up to their victims are less likely to commit more crimes.

If you've been v​ictim of crime, you can get more information about Restorative Justice by calling freephone 0800 783 1583. You can also download a leaflet here.

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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