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Restorative Justice - repairing the harm caused by crime

Restorative Justice offers victims a voice and gives offenders the opportunity to face the consequences of their actions.

Restorative Justice (RJ) brings those harmed by crime and those responsible for the harm into communication with each other.

This enables everyone affected by the incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

Research shows that Restorative Justice reduces reoffending and helps to reduce harm in our communities.

It offers victims an opportunity to be heard, to ask questions of the offender, and to have their say in the resolution of the harm caused.

For offenders, it provides an opportunity to face the consequences of their actions, recognising the impact that their offending behaviour has had upon others and, where possible, make amends.

In this way, Restorative Justice has the potential to help rehabilitate offenders and support them in addressing their offending behaviour. It has the potential to motivate them to change and become responsible, law abiding and productive members of society.

WATCH this short animated video which helps to explain what Restorative Justice is

In North Yorkshire, Restorative Justice is provided by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in partnership with Restorative Solutions who provide the service across the whole of the North Yorkshire area including the City of York.

To find out more, or if you are a victim of crime and want to find out how RJ could help you, or if you are a professional and want to know more, please contact

help@Supportingvictims.org  or call  01609 643100

RJNorthYorkshire@restorativesolutions.org.uk  or call 01423 546175

Did you know offenders can also ask to be considered for Restorative Justice? Get in touch to find out more.

You can also download the leaflets for more information