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Would you meet the teenager who killed your son? It’s international restorative justice week #WhatWouldYouDo

This week is international restorative justice week (16-23 November) which aims to celebrate and raise awareness of restorative justice.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “what would you do?”. The campaign aims to provoke interest and encourage debate by asking the public to think about what they would do if faced with the chance to meet someone who committed a crime against them.

Restorative Justice is the process of bringing those harmed by crime, and those responsible for the harm, into communication to repair the harm and find a positive way forward.

Restorative justice may seem counter-intuitive but it offers victims the chance to be heard, get answers to questions and provide a sense of closure. It also forces offenders to face up to the impact of their behaviour (and can reduce the frequency of reoffending by 14%).

Restorative justice is completely voluntary and only takes place if both the victim and offender consent and have been assessed as suitable by a trained restorative justice facilitator. A lot of preparatory work takes place before a victim and offender meet. The trained facilitator supports both the victim and offender before, during and after, and guides the dialogue between the victim and offender. 85% of victims that take part in RJ are satisfied with the process.

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