These exchanges can take the form of face-to-face meetings or by indirect methods such as third party mediation, taped recordings or letter exchanges. These exchanges of information are called conferences.
RJ is a community based response to crime that emphasises the consequences of an offence and holds the offender responsible for an act of wrongdoing. It focuses on the personal involvement of the offenders, victims and the community.
It is a process that allows victims to:
- gain an understanding of the circumstances of the offence;
- have a voice in describing the impact of the offence; and
- to identify what they need to makes things better.