Restorative Justice & Hate Crime

Posted on: 9th, October 2023

Restorative Justice is suitable for all crimes where there is an identifiable victim and offender, including hate crimes. A hate crime is defined by the Metropolitan Police as any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender. 

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 14th - 21st October, with the goal to raise awareness, encourage reporting of hate crimes, and provide education to prevent further incidents from taking place. Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national week of action that encourages communities, authorities and other parties to work together to tackle hate crime. 

Restorative Justice supports individuals and communities by providing victims of hate crimes and the offenders with the chance to discuss the incident. Victims can share how they’ve been impacted by the crime, which can help offenders understand the consequences of their actions. Restorative Justice also provides the opportunity for offenders to apologise.  

Hate Crime Case Studies 

These case studies show how Restorative Justice can empower victims of hate crime and give them the chance to have their voice heard. 

Case Study 1 - Racially Aggravated Offence 

An Asian shopkeeper was verbally abused by the offender and the case was referred to Restorative Solutions by the police authorities. Both victim and offender were supported at the meeting by their wives, and it was an emotional conference for all participants as they discussed the impact of the crime. The offender showed remorse and apologised for his action, which was warmly accepted. The feedback received from all parties stated they were extremely satisfied with the Restorative Justice process.

Case Study 2 - Hate Crime Awareness Course 

Amiya was Warren’s Case Manager when he committed racial and religious verbal abuse against her, leading to him being charged at court. After Warren completed the Hate Crime Awareness Course offered by Restorative Solutions, Amiya wished to meet with him to share the impact of his actions on herself and her family.

During the Restorative Justice meeting, Warren apologised, saying the process “made me understand that my actions have long lasting effects, not just on myself but others around me…it was eye opening for me." Amiya said that she “came away feeling good about the meeting. I’m glad I had the opportunity to say what I needed to say to Warren." 

Case Study 3 - Transphobic Comments 

A victim received transphobic messages from an individual they had previously considered a friend, leading to the offender receiving a mandatory condition to engage with the Restorative Justice service. The offender was keen to participate and repair the harm caused, saying he ‘would like to try and do it as it could make me a better person’. Following the meeting, the victim said they were “very grateful we took the time to sort it out” and would “100% recommend this to others”. 

Reporting hate crime  

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime, you can report it online here. If you’ve been involved in a hate crime offence, either as victim or offender, and would like to pursue Restorative Justice, please get in touch. As Restorative Justice is a voluntary process, it’s important to remember that both parties have to agree to participate. 

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Case Studies

A burglary case in West Yorkshire

John burgled Lucy’s home when she was outside hanging out her washing. When she came inside, she found him standing in her property. She describe...

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A Domestic Argument

Ann and her son, Nicky, had been enjoying an evening in together.  As the evening progressed, an argument started, which then escalated. ...

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A Non-Recent Child Sexual Abuse Case

A complaint of historical sexual abuse was reported to the police by two sisters who accused their stepfather of sexually touching them when they w...

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A Serious Assault Case

Caroline’s world was turned upside down when Simon, her partner, was punched in the face and knocked to the ground as he walked home from a night...

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A Sexual Abuse Case

The Restorative Justice service received a referral from Sarah, via her Victim Liaison Officer. The offences, which were of a sexual nature, were c...

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A Street Robbery

Daniel contacted the Restorative Justice team after he committed a street robbery on Carl. “The p...

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A Traffic Offence Case

Anne, 65, contacted the service, as she was interested in Restorative Justice. Her husband, Brian, 63, had been killed in a traffic collision 18 mo...

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Assault on a Police Officer in West Yorkshire

Coleen was a West Yorkshire Police Officer who was called to a report of sexual assault. Upon arrival at the address, there were a lot of people, m...

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Death By Dangerous Driving

The Restorative Justice service received an enquiry from a Victim Liaison Officer from the National Probation Service detailing that there w...

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Death by Dangerous Driving: Tara & Oliver

Tara was referred to the Restorative Justice team in West Yorkshire. Her brother, Thomas, had been killed three years previously by Oliver, who had...

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Hate Crime Awareness Course

Amiya was allocated as the Case Manager for Warren. Warren had a history of racial and religiously aggravated harassment towards a variety of peopl...

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Lydia's Story: Sexual Assault

Lydia was referred to the Restorative Justice service by her Victim Liaison Officer. She was the victim of a prolonged sexual assault at her home 1...

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Street Robbery

Ellis was a long term substance user, who was encouraged by an acquaintance – Mikel - to grab the handbag of a woman they saw in passing.  A...

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Street Robbery

Jemma was referred to Restorative Solutions by Victim Services in July 2019.  She had been the victim of a robbery.  The offender – Ale...

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What People Say About Restorative Justice

The restorative justice process has made me really think about the consequences of my actions.

John, offender

Restorative Justice has really helped. It has given me closure, and I feel much more positive.

Lucy, burglary victim

Now we can get on with our lives without the burden of what happened grinding us down.

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