By Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service - 9th October 2016 12:15pm
Information from the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service
Have you, or someone close to you, been a victim of crime?
Still thinking about that crime?
Burglary, theft, damage to your property, violent attack — would you like to know that the person who did this to you understands how it has affected you? The Restorative Justice Service can help.
What victims say they want:
Crime can affect people in different ways. It is not unusual to be left feeling frightened or anxious or suffer a loss of confidence and a sense that you can't take care of yourself or your family. It is good to know that the police are taking action and that the person has gone to Court. But, sometimes, this just isn't enough. A voice, the ability to ask questions, being at the centre of things and not just an observer has all helped victims to feel better and to move on.
What is Restorative Justice?
* It brings those harmed by crime, and those responsible for the harm, into communication
* The victim, offender, their family or friends, and the wider community, can play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
* It can provide a means of closure and enable the victim to move on with their life
* Offenders have the opportunity to take responsibility, acknowledge the impact of their actions and to make reparation
* There is a very high satisfaction rate for victims and a marked reduction in reoffending for the perpetrators.
A local crime victim told us:
"Every single day my PTSD and panic attacks get better because I've released so much built up emotion. I feel lighter, happier and free because I'm not scared anymore... Thanks to RJ I'm now free from my prison of pain, which I thought would be my life sentence."
And another said:
"Closed my book for me. It's closed. That's it, done. He was out last week, didn't bother me at all."
Get in touch with Thames Valley Restorative Justice.
When the moment is right for you, restorative justice could be the key to help you move on. An initial discussion with a trained facilitator will explore options, guided by the victim's needs and wishes.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch. All information shared will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Telephone: 01844 202001
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