Restorative Justice

When a crime has been committed or an incident has occurred, Restorative Justice offers an opportunity for the victim, the offender and sometimes members of the community to come together to discuss how to repair the harm caused.

The Victims’ Code states that the police should inform victims about how they can take part in Restorative Justice. The victim and offender’s participation is always voluntary.

Restorative Justice can be a very powerful tool in reducing reoffending. It enables victims to tell offenders the real impact of their crimes, get answers and possibly receive an apology. It also gives offenders the chance to understand what they have done, take responsibility for their actions and consider ways to make amends for their behaviour.

The PCC has commissioned Restorative Solutions to work in partnership with Salus to provide Restorative Justice in Kent. In the long term it is hoped the scheme will reduce crime rates as evidence shows offenders who have to face up to their victims are less likely to commit more crimes.

Accessing the service:

If you’ve been v​ictim of crime, you can get more information about Restorative Justice in Kent by visiting the website, or calling freephone 0800 783 1583. You can also download a leaflet.

If you represent a partner agency and you know of a victim who may benefit from being referred into Kent’s Restorative Justice programme then please download and complete a Restorative Justice referral form. Then, send it via email.

Please note this form will be sent directly to Restorative Solutions, not to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

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