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. 

Paula's story

Paula became the victim of sexually harmful behaviour when a young man exposed himself to her. Here, she talks about why she wanted to meet the offender, and why other victims should have the same opportunity.

Colin's story

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

Shad's story

After a vicious attack Shad was left with horrific injuries and had to take part in two traumatic court hearings. Here, Shad reveals how his experience with restorative justice helped him through the ordeal, and what led him to film his own meeting to help others.

Eileen's story

When her daughter was targeted by local youths, Eileen knew that a face to face meeting was the only way to make them understand the hurt they were causing. 

Tania's story

When Tania* was robbed on a busy street, her confidence was destroyed. She talks about why she decided to take part in a restorative justice conference with her mugger, and what it gave her back.

Viv's story

When Viv and her husband were burgled, it came at a particularly difficult time. But one of her first thoughts was how committing the crime would affect the young offender's life. Viv explains how her determination to help this young man to turn his life around has made such an impact.