Why my house?
Who do they think they are?
These are the first questions, when you become a victim of crime. The trauma left by a crime is often not dealt with by going through the courts.
The ripples of hurt can be far wider than to you or the person directly harmed. Friends and family can find the crime extremely distressing and can be left to deal with the aftermath once the professionals have left.
Restorative Justice is a means of healing some of the hurt caused by the crime and allowing you to hold the offender to account directly for what they did. You together with perhaps your family and friends can tell the offender clearly and directly how what they did affected you and your life. You can ask them how they intend to make amends.
There’s no need to feel afraid – the process of the meeting is carefully managed by a facilitator, and evidence shows that – contrary to myth – the offender is usually much more worried about the meeting than you, the victim.
Meetings happen either directly face-to-face or indirectly, via letter. The sit-down option has the best feedback from victims - 85% of those who participate express satisfaction with the process and the outcome.
RJ is suitable for all victims of crime, as Ray and Vi Donovan, whose son Chris was killed, attest:
That restorative justice meeting made a real difference to us. — Ray and Vi Donovan
If you want to know more about how to get RJ for yourself or someone you know, get in touch.
Why me? works with the nationwide organisation Victim Support, which can provide help in the immediate aftermath of a crime.