....The benefits appear to be considerable. Paul Fawcett of Victim Support says: "It is widely accepted that when restorative justice is done right it has a positive effect on reoffending and also has benefits to victims. "It allows them to get things off their chests.

It destroys in their mind the perceptions they have built around the crime.

"On a national level it would be a great opportunity. The benefits look promising.

"All the indicators are now pointing in the right direction."

Restorative justice schemes reduce the chances of a victim developing post-traumatic stress disorder by more than 30%, studies have shown.

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