Restorative Justice & Violent Crimes

Posted on: 13th, October 2023

Restorative Justice is a victim-led, voluntary process, facilitated by trained Restorative Justice practitioners. It’s suitable for any crime where there’s an identifiable victim and offender, including violent crimes and cases of assault. 

Finding closure

Meeting the person who harmed them helps some victims find closure and move on. Elizabeth was assaulted by a stranger at a music festival, which left her feeling very angry. She met with the man responsible in a Restorative Justice meeting, where the offender expressed his remorse. Elizabeth says, “I think he got to understand the real impact of what he had done and was very sorry”. The Restorative Justice process has helped Elizabeth move on from the incident. 

Getting answers 

Restorative Justice is also a way to get about parts of the offence that don’t make sense. Caroline’s partner, Simon, was a victim of a serious assault that left him unable to talk or walk and being completely dependent on nursing care. Caroline wasn’t with her partner the night of the assault, and wanted to meet with the person responsible to find out what had happened, and why. She said she was glad to have gone through the process as it gave her the chance to explain the traumatic impact it had had on her on her family. 

Sharing the impact of the crime 

Restorative Justice holds the offender accountable and is a chance to share the impact of the crime, both on the victim and those close to them.  In one case, a male had intervened to prevent a domestic assault, and had himself been badly assaulted by the offender, causing ABH injuries. The father of the victim had been badly affected by the assault on his son, and wanted to meet the offender to explain how the assault had affected both himself and his son. In this meeting, the offender agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim, which led to the victim and offender also having a Restorative conference. 

An opportunity to apologise 

Restorative Justice can be an opportunity for the offender to apologise and attempt to repair the harm caused. An offender had threatened a victim with a baseball bat outside his home, and was keen to explore Restorative Justice for the opportunity to apologise. During the meeting, the victim was able to share with the offender the impact of their actions, and discuss the potential harm to both him and his family. The offender apologised for his actions, offering to pay for some minor damage to the victim’s car, and at the conclusion of the meeting purchased flowers for the victim’s wife as an apology. The offender said that he felt good after participating and was very satisfied with the process. 

Is Restorative Justice right for you? 

These case studies show how Restorative Justice can help both victim and offender find closure and find a positive way to move forward from a crime such as assault. It’s suitable for any crime where there’s an identifiable victim(s) and offender(s). If you think Restorative Justice could be right for you, please get in touch. 

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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.

Abuse victim

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