Restorative justice gives you a chance to meet or communicate with the victim of your crime. You might meet them face-to-face or communicate via another person or by writing letters.
It can help you to understand the impact of your crime and repair the harm done to the victim.
You may be able to meet your victim through a process called restorative justice. This service is available to people on probation in Wales. If you are interested in this then speak to your offender manager.
You will meet with a facilitator who will ask about your offence and your reasons for wanting to meet the victim. If the victim also wants to take part, you will meet with the facilitator a few times to work out what you want to say to the victim and to prepare for the meeting.
The facilitator will also meet with the victim to help them prepare for the meeting.
You can put yourself forward for restorative justice if:
- You accept that you committed your offence
- There is a victim of your offence
- Your offence does not involve domestic abuse or harmful sexual behaviour.
No. You can take part in restorative justice without meeting your victim face-to-face. This involves communicating with your victim via a facilitator.
No. Taking part in restorative justice will not have any impact on your sentence.
During the meeting with the victim you will explain what happened on the day of the offence. You will also listen to how the offence impacted the victim and have an opportunity to answer any questions the victim has. You will also be asked to think about what you can do to repair the harm caused by your offence.
No. It’s up to you whether you apologise as part of restorative justice.
It’s up to you whether you want to take part in restorative justice. You can change your mind at any time. The victim can also change their mind at any time.
Restorative justice gives you a chance to do something positive. We understand that finding out about how your crime has affected a victim can be challenging. But taking part in restorative justice can help you make amends and put the crime behind you. The process also helps you to understand the impact your offending has had on others, giving you the motivation to make long-lasting changes in your life to stop you reoffending.
If you are interested in this, then speak to your case manager.