Restorative Justice

Restorative justice brings the victims and perpetrators of crime together. The aim is to give you, the victim, a chance to have your say, get answers to your questions and move on with your life.

Restorative justice also brings offenders face to face with the impact of their actions. It’s their opportunity to make amends to you personally.

Restorative justice works alongside criminal justice proceedings and most victims tell us it helps. In fact, 85 per cent of crime victims who have used restorative justice were satisfied with the process. And 78 per cent would recommend it to others.

How restorative justice works

To start with, you’ll have a meeting with a trained facilitator.

At the meeting, you can explain:

  • what happened

  • how it affected you

  • what would make you feel better about it

If appropriate, the facilitator may then suggest a conference, which is a meeting between you and the offender. They’ll take your wishes and any concerns you may have into account and treat your safety as a top priority.

If the facilitator doesn’t feel a face to face meeting is a good idea, they’ll let you know and explain why. Instead of the meeting, they can convey a message from you to the offender.

A conference can happen at any stage of the legal process. It could be before the trial or after the offender has been sentenced.

Restorative justice can be used alongside other schemes in Hertfordshire, including Community Remedy.

Restorative Justice Referrals

If you are interested in Restorative Justice and would like to find out more, please contact the Beacon Team at: rj@hertfordshirebeacon.org​ or call on 0300 011 5555

If you are a professional looking to refer a client for Restorative Justice please print and complete the referral form this should be scanned and returned to the team via the email address enclosed.