Evidence supporting the use of restorative justice

The evidence

Restorative justice works.  The evidence shows that restorative justice meets the needs of victims and reduces the frequency of reoffending.

Resources for victims

If you have been a victim of crime and are considering restorative justice, you are likely to have questions about what it will involve and why it might work for you. The RJC has developed these resources to help answer some of your questions.

Ed and Rumbie's story

When Ed and Rumbie were burgled two weeks after moving into their flat, their optimism about their new life together was ruined. As part of a pre-sentence restorative justice trial, they were given the opportunity to meet their offender at Pentonville prison. 

The Woolf Within - Peter & Will's story

Peter Woolf and Will Riley speak about their experience of restorative justice in the powerful short film The Woolf Within.

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.