For more serious crimes – sexual assaults for example – trained officers may lead a meeting between an offender and their support network, and a victim and their support network, in a conference.

This can work as part of the sentencing process, or at a later date.

Mr Merry: “The skill is knowing when it is appropriate – not when it is too raw for the victim, but not before they have moved on.

“There is an optimum time, but it can happen whenever it is that that victim needs it to help get closure.”...

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