Restorative Justice aims to bring victims and offenders into communication to talk about the effects of a crime or incident.
This can either be via a direct face to face meeting or indirectly such as a letter exchange or messages being passed via a facilitator.
The process is managed by two trained facilitators and a case supervisor to ensure it is safe and appropriate. RJ empowers victims by giving them the opportunity to ask questions such as “why me?”
It is a chance for the victim to talk about the long term harm and ripple effects caused by the offence and enables the offender to take full responsibility for not just the offence but the impact it has caused.
The week has seen pop-up events in libraries and supermarkets to raise awareness for the process.
Those working in RJ also visited a Brighton primary school.
A feature for a regional TV programme was filmed at Lewes Prison during the week. The BBC filmed a piece on Sussex Pathways to be shown in the New Year on the Inside Out
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said, “Restorative justice is a proven, powerful and effective process which gives the victim the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on them.
“As PCC, I remain fully committed to giving all victims the right to access restorative justice if they want it.
“I'm immensely proud of the work of our award-winning RJ Partnership which has helped hundreds of victims in Sussex to restore their faith, not just in the justice system, but in society as a whole.
“Giving the harmed a voice is incredibly important to me.”