Restorative Justice comes under the umbrella of Restorative Approaches but is a specific area of restorative working. It is specific to victims and offenders of crime and disorder and is used within the criminal justice system.
A restorative approach has significant benefits for victims (those harmed), helping them to move beyond the act of victimisation and move forward with their lives in a positive way.
Research commissioned by the Ministry of Justice found that 85% of victims participating in restorative justice conferencing (direct face-to-face contact) were satisfied and pleased with the experience, while 72 per cent of victims said that taking part had given them a sense of conclusion and finalisation of their experience as a victim.
When victims are involved in a restorative process, they have the opportunity to reclaim some of the power taken away from them by the act of harm. The harm they have suffered is acknowledged and validated and they are empowered to challenge and confront the offender’s behaviour, soliciting an apology and reparation. Effective restorative approaches are victim-led, safe and supportive and can lead to a greater sense of justice and closure, including increased confidence in the criminal justice system.
The Wolf Within
The video is about Peter Woolf. He was a prolific offender that self confesses that he was once a ‘one man crime wave’. Restorative Justice had a profound effect on Peter’s life and on one of his victims Will.