Julie and Anthony’s story
After Anthony, 15, lost his temper during a game of football and assaulted another boy, he was offered the chance to take part in a restorative justice conference. Here, Anthony and his mum Julie explain how it helped them to move on from the incident and deal with his behaviour.
Anthony: I was playing football and there was a lad there called Ben*. He had come out with me and my friends a few times before but I didn't really know him well. During the game I thought that Ben had kicked me but he hadn't really done anything. I got really angry. I just lost it for no reason whatsoever. After the game as he was walking off I chased after him and as he turned around I hit him in the face and cut his eye open. After that I just ran home....
Feb 18, 2015 Prison Cell, Juvenile, Country:England&Wales, Work Place, Practice, Story, Court House, RJ Office, Legislative Assembly, Class Room, Victim Support, Case:Violence, Region: Europe, Press Room, Lecture Hall
Face-to-face way to empower victims
Burglaries, anti-social behaviour and low level crime including noise nuisance, affect lives and destroy confidence. They mean people live in fear in their own homes, cause untold damage to victims and can also ruin the lives of those committing these offences.
Victims can feel devastated and left wondering why they were targeted, while the offenders seldom stop to think about the implications of their actions and can and often do go on to reoffend.
This is where restorative justice can come in to present an alternative approach....
Hergo: 3 testimonies. Conferencing in Belgium
In Belgium, Judges of the Juvenile Court can propose a Hergo as a response to serious crimes. During such a conference, the underage offender (and his parents) and the victim, both with their personal supporters, look for redress towards victim and society. The minor also plans what he intends to do to prevent recidivism. A police inspector is present at the meeting. A neutral facilitator has preparatory talks with all parties concerned. He chairs the conference. Afterwards, the Judge ratifies the plan for redress during a session of the Juvenile Court.
Every year, about 100 minors and the same amount of victims receive a proposal for a Hergo from one of the Juvenile Judges in Flanders. One in three cases leads to a real conference.
Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows
from the article on Physorg:
According to the findings of a recently published study, restorative justice could provide an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime which can support the needs of victims, offenders, and their families, in the aftermath of sexual crime in Ireland.
The study entitled "Sexual Trauma and Abuse, Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?" based on 149 interviews with victims, offenders, judges and others, and a review of the global literature found that "all cohorts of participants are in favour of restorative justice in sexual violence cases as an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, as all participants recognise the considerable gaps that exist in current justice provision for victims of sexual crime in this state"....
Positive results for "What would you do?" campaign
During International Restorative Justice Week 2014 the RJC partnered with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Why Me? and the Chris Donovan Trust on What would you do?, a campaign to raise awareness of restorative justice. Figures published by the MoJ indicate that the campaign was an overwhelming success, reaching 6.5 million people on Twitter and 4.2 million people on Facebook.
Following the campaign 70% of people said they would consider taking part in restorative justice. Remedi – the biggest UK employer of restorative professionals – received a significant increase in enquiries from the public as a result of the campaign.
When Tania [not her real name] was robbed on a busy street, her confidence was destroyed. Here, she talks about why she decided to take part in a restorative justice conference with her mugger, and what it gave her back.
“I was on my way to the local shops when I felt what I thought was someone bumping into me. It took me a few seconds to realise that someone had grabbed my handbag and I was dragged, screaming, along the pavement. I tried very hard to hold on to it but I couldn’t and the man took off up a side road. It was broad daylight and so there were quite a lot of people around. A lady who had seen everything contacted the police straight away and several people tried to follow the mugger...."
'I slept through the night for the first time since she died': The mum who went to prison to meet man responsible for daughter's death
Kate Morgan had struggled to come to terms with the death of her 22-year-old daughter Lona Wyn Jones in a horrific car crash two years ago.
The 45-year-old from Dolgellau desperately wanted to visit the driver, Ian Edwards, who was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
She said she had questions that only he could answer....
Project offers 'new' justice for victims of serious crimes
A groundbreaking project that sits victims of crime down with offenders is set to be rolled out in Herefordshire.
Restorative Justice is a concept that has seen real success elsewhere in the world, with 80 percent of offenders saying they would be less likely to reoffend following a session, according to Ministry of Justice figures.
And West Mercia police are looking to offer it as an option for victims in Herefordshire, with extensive training set to go on across the country over the next 12 months....
Victims of sexual crime may confront their attacker
Victims of sexual crime who want to confront their perpetrators should be supported by the State in doing so, according to a new study on sexual abuse and restorative justice.
Restorative justice, which deals with victims and offenders by focusing on the harm arising from crime and resolving the underlying problems which caused it, has previously been ruled out for cases of sexual assault.
Crime victims meet offenders in new restorative justice programme
A mother said it “felt good” to look a burglar in the eye and explain the damage he caused her family.
Tracey Clift sat down with the thief who took irreplaceable items including the medal her grandfather had won in the First World War and a charm bracelet from her father.
She went to meet him in Lewes Prison, where the burglar is serving time for other crimes, almost five years after he broke into her Worthing home via the kitchen window and stole “most of our family history” from the safe.