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Northumbria promotes International Restorative Justice Week

21 Nov 2017 10:00 AM

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This week marks International Restorative Justice Week and our colleagues over at Victims First Northumbria are taking this opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the support and options available to victims of crime.

Restorative Justice interventions allows a victim to communicate with the offender of their crime to talk about the impact of the offence. The process is facilitated by specially trained practitioners and can be done in a face-to-face meeting or indirectly by letter of explanation or shuttle mediation with messages passed by a worker.  All cases are assessed for suitability and participation is completely voluntary, but you will be fully supported and kept updated throughout the process.   

Victims First also work in partnership with HMP Northumberland on the REFORM Project, with a member of staff based in the prison to work with offenders which allows further opportunity for victims to engage in restorative justice and communicate with the perpetrators of their crime prior to their release to discuss what happened and help to repair the harm caused by their behaviour.

Restorative Justice allows the victim to have a voice. We want to support you and give you the chance to be heard.