Restorative justice provides the opportunity for victims of offences to meet with the person who has offended against them and to have the harm and any needs that arise from that offending addressed to the extent possible. Restorative justice also gives the offender a chance to address the harmful effects of their actions.
The process starts with careful investigation by the restorative justice facilitator to ensure that the case is suitable and parties are willing.
If you are interested in pursuing a restorative justice process then contact us and we can talk you through the options and possibilities.
Why participate in restorative justice?
Victims often benefit from being able to ask questions and understand what happened, to explain first-hand the effect the offending has had on them, and to seek restitution and address the imbalance that arises when offending occurs. Offenders have the opportunity to recognise and accept responsibility for the harm they have caused and as far as possible, to make up for what they have done.
The type of cases that are currently dealt with by use of restorative justice include;
- Criminal offending.
- Disciplinary actions in schools.
- Workplace accidents and occupational health and safety prosecutions.
- Environmental issues and prosecutions.
- Family violence.
- Current and historical sexual assaults and abuse.
Restorative justice is most often provided in a post conviction / pre-sentence context but there is a growing utilisation of restorative justice in the post sentence environment as well as an alternative to the court process.