Restorative Justice (or RJ) brings those harmed by crime and those responsible for the harm into communication, either directly or indirectly whilst supported by Restorative Justice facilitators, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Restorative Justice in Dorset
Restorative Justice is provided in Dorset by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset because research shows that Restorative Justice reduces reoffending and helps to reduce harm in our community. It covers the whole of the Dorset area.
Restorative Justice 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.
Restorative Justice has a proven, significant impact in supporting victims in achieving closure and allowing them to move on with their lives. 85% of victims who have participated in Restorative Justice would recommend it to others.
For offenders, Restorative Justice 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, take responsibility and move forward to rebuilding a more positive future for themselves and society.
So, if you’ve been the victim of a crime, Restorative Justice might be for you. If you’d like to find out more you can call our friendly team on 07535 692669 / 07535 692584 or you can email us at RJDorset@restorativesolutions.org.uk for more information about how it works.