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What is restorative justice?

Have you been affected by crime? You may have questions and as a victim of crime, you can feel unheard, unrepresented and lacking in answers. Restorative justice can be the key to recovery.

What is restorative justice?

It is a way of dealing with criminal behaviour that takes into account what you, the victim has been through.

How does it work?

You have the opportunity to explain to the perpetrator of the behaviour, the impact that the crime has had on you. You are supported by a professional facilitator throughout the process.

Is it always face to face?

Restorative justice can also happen indirectly, usually via a letter. Face-to-face restorative justice delivers the best rates of satisfaction for victims though.

Can I be sure the meeting will happen?

You can request a meeting, but it is voluntary for both sides.

Will it help?

About 85% of people who met their offender were satisfied with both the process and the outcome.

How can I find out more?

Anyone who has been a victim, where the perpetrator has been caught and admitted the offence, is eligible to find out information about restorative justice.

How can I access it?

Contact Restorative Gloucestershire.

Call us: 01452 754 542 


Restorative Gloucestershire is a group of organisations that have joined together with the aim of offering all people who come into contact with the criminal justice system, or who come into conflict in the community, an opportunity to participate in a restorative intervention. In a nutshell, we help get people talking about what happened, why it happened and forming a way to move forwards.

Restorative Gloucestershire is committed to promoting the use of restorative practices through facilitation, advice and by supporting others to use and develop restorative skills. Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict in communication with those responsible for the harm, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

Page last updated: 11 January 2018