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For some people who have been affected by crime it helps them to explore why the crime happened. Evidence shows that most people who take part in a Restorative Justice process come away feeling satisfied because it has allowed them to have their say. It also helps people to move on and to feel less fearful of crime in the future.
If you decide you would like to try RJ, when you are ready you can:
Have your say.
Explain to the person who harmed you what impact their behaviour has had on your life.
Get some answers to any questions you may have about what happened.
Help to prevent the same thing happening to someone else.
Testimony from victim who took part in Restorative Justice:
‘Leaving the meeting it was like a great black cloud had gone from over me.’
Restorative Justice can be helpful for offenders because it enables them to understand the impact that their actions have had. It gives them the chance to listen and to answer any questions you might have.
They might apologise for what they have done and agree on what they should do to make things better. This might include dealing with the issues in their life that led them to commit the crime.