Jo's story

Jo was raped by a boy she knew. Determined not to let the attack destroy her life, Jo sought a meeting with her attacker. She explains how crucial the 'gift' she shared through the restorative meeting was in regaining power and enabling her to move on.

Henry's story

Henry became addicted to drugs at age 14, eventually resorting to theft to fund his habit and manipulating a vulnerable friend into helping him steal. He talks about the moment he met with one of his victims and faced up to what he had done - to himself, to his friend, and to his victims - and how he vowed never to go back to how he was.

Kelvin's story

After a tough start and falling in with the wrong crowd, Kelvin turned to drugs – and crime. He explains how a prison sentence and meeting his victims made him face the impact of his crimes and how it gave him the power to turn his life around.

Ann's story

Ann felt insecure and vulnerable after her car was stolen from her disabled space and the home she shared with her teenage daughter was burgled. Despite resistance from her friends, Ann was determined to go ahead with a restorative justice meeting. She found its value in not only helping her through the ordeal, but in helping to turn lives away from crime.  

Callum's story

Managing discipline is a daily challenge for schools. When things go wrong and a child like Callum is seriously harmed can a restorative approach repair the damage and prevent such incidents in the future? Callum's mum, the police officer, and his school vice-principal share their experiences.

Jason's story

Restorative justice can have a number of positive outcomes for both victims and offenders, which are rarely to do with financial compensation. In this case, one burglar’s offer to pay back his victims provided a symbolic gesture to back up his promises to change.

Aaron's story

After Aaron Sampson, 15, was robbed by some boys who’d been bullying him at school, a restorative justice meeting gave him a chance to regain his confidence. Here, Aaron and his mum Linda tell their stories.

Christine's story

When Christine’s stepfather was released from 12 years in prison, restorative justice helped her to face her fears about meeting the man who’d murdered her mother.

Elyn's story

Elyn Mitchell is the clerk of a Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) Meeting. When their Meeting House was damaged in an arson attack, the effects were felt across the local community. Here, she talks about using restorative justice to repair the harm, and build a more positive future. 

Colin's story

Colin arranged the restorative justice meeting between Shad and Glenn. Here, he gives a facilitator's perspective.