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Restorative Justice - does an apology cut it?

Tuesday November 17 2015

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A POLICE hub which allows victims of crime to come face to face with the offender has handled over 1300 cases since June.

The South Yorkshire Restorative Justice hub has seen six victims of crime come face to face with the offender to ask for an explaination of their crimes.

Victims of crime can also agree to read a letter of apology.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire said: "Restorative Justice offers victims the opportunity to ask questions of their offenders that they would not normally have the opportunity to do.

"When a crime is committed, many
victims feel it was personal, that they are still unsafe and sometimes they were to blame. By having to opportunity to speak to those who have committed the crime, they will find this is very often not the case."

The Restorative Justice service is being supported by a Ministry of Justice grant.

What do you think? Would a letter of apology cut it for you? Comment in the box below.

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Reply Posted by gemma lou on Tuesday November 17 2015 at 19:21
Yes I would come face to face with the offender if I could.

Reply Posted by Steve Jones on Tuesday November 17 2015 at 19:32
I think its important to point out that if a victim does not wish to meet their offender face to face they may have the option of what we call an 'indirect' process- most typically a letter. This is NOT as simplistic as the above article suggests however. The victim is asked what questions they would like answers to, what they would like to know from the offender- this is frequently a number of questions. These are then answered via a letter from the victim. Are you sorry? may well be a question the victim asks but not in all cases.

Reply Posted by Carlo van de Watering on Tuesday November 17 2015 at 19:37
Working in this field I echo Steve Jones comment. Our participants satisfaction score is 99%... If anyone wants any info pls get in touch.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday November 17 2015 at 20:47
My partner has just been involved in restorative justice, and while an apology will never take away the damaged his action caused he was able to provide ansers for the victims family which may help to bring them some peace of mind. This process was successful to both party's (victim and offender) and I would highly recommend to anyone one else who would be curious in going down this root. Www.restorative-southyorkshire.co.UK

Reply Posted by Gillian on Sunday February 21 2016 at 15:05
I did this it was worth it, and I now know what he looks like. Seriously it was worth it and I made sure that I asked some hard hitting questions and told him what effect it had on the kids.