What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice (RJ) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender.
Restorative Justice can be an extremely effective method of resolving conflict, repairing harm and preventing reoffending. It can be used in a variety of settings, such as in the community between neighbours, or in the workplace between employees. Wherever there is a victim and an offender/perpetrator, RJ can be used, provided both parties agree to participate.
What are the main aims and principles of RJ?
- To repair the harm;
- To establish agreement about the essential facts surrounding the incident with victim and the offender and gain acceptance of some involvement by the offender;
- The participation must be completely voluntary and based on a well informed choice. This also applies to any outcome or agreement;
- Parties must be given adequate time to decide whether they wish to engage in RJ;
- There must be an acknowledgement of the harm or loss experienced by the victim, a respect for the feelings of the participants and the opportunity for the resulting needs to be met;
- The victim ought to be the primary beneficiary of any reparation;
- Once amends have been made, they ought to be acknowledged and valued;
- The victim and the offender are the primary participants in the process;
- The RJ Practitioner must remain impartial at all times.
Link Mediation uses a restorative approach when dealing with sensitive issues and the harm caused by neighbour disputes, workplace conflict and complex and lengthy family disputes.
For more information about how we can help repair harm and rebuild trust using RJ, contact us today.
Some Facts about RJ:
- For every £1 invested in RJ, £9 of public money is saved;
- RJ leads to a 27% to 33% reduction in reoffending;
- It is 85% successful;
- 78% of victims recommend RJ.
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