....He went on to stress the need for restorative justice to be victim led saying: “Victims should not be pressured to take part in ‘out of court’ restorative justice as a cost or time saving measure. One of the cornerstones of restorative justice is its voluntary nature and we should be very careful to keep this as a central pillar of the process.

“Some people just don’t want to participate in restorative justice, and for good reason. They may fear being in the same room as the offender, and feel that the experience would be tantamount to relieving the crime.

“But for those that do want to take part in this process, it is essential that we can guarantee that each victim will be made a strong offer of restorative justice that fits their needs.”

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