Restorative justice (RJ) is a way to repair the harm caused to individuals, groups and the community in a number of different ways (e.g. face to face meetings, mediation, community work, financial reparation, etc).
RJ gives those harmed by events an opportunity to have a voice in a way which doesn’t always happen in formal proceedings.
Both parties must enter into the process voluntarily. If you choose to take part in a restorative meeting, you will be supported throughout the process by a trained independent practitioner.
Being involved in RJ doesn’t mean that those who have caused the harm won’t be dealt with by existing justice systems.
The project that undertakes restorative work in Torbay is called Make Amends.
Regardless of whether you have reported an incident to the police or to us, you can contact Make Amends to talk through your options about restorative justice or mediation.