What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice

“A process whereby all parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and it’s implications for the future”     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Marshall, 1996)

  • Restorative Justice offers a non-violent, human response to the hurt and harm anti-social behaviour does to victims and to the whole community.
  •  It seeks to heal wounds, repair broken relationships, and work towards a better future for everyone.

In the Restorative Justice approach to crime and conflict:-

–        The victim’s perspective is central to deciding how to repair the harm that’s been caused

–        The offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions

–        The full extent of the victim’s suffering is acknowledged

–        The victim’s needs determine what is needed to put things right

–        Restoration replaces punishment as the best way forward for all involved