Restorative Justice online
Victims of crime will now have access to a ‘one stop shop’ for information about Restorative Justice (RJ) in Sussex following the announcement of new pages on the Safe: Space website.
The site, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne and developed by her office, provides an online directory of local specialist victim support services. It also offers information about different types of crime and what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system, helping to ‘demystify’ the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable.
Following an update to the site it now also features a dedicated section explaining the RJ process and how it’s delivered in Sussex, as well as featuring an FAQ which allows people to easily find answers to any questions they might have about RJ. Site visitors can also type in their postcode to quickly and easily find contact details for their local RJ hub and nearby victim support services.
John Willett, Strategic Restorative Justice Manager, Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner said: “The delivery of RJ involves the participation of numerous agencies and that’s why it is so important it is incorporated into Safe: Space – so victims can easily locate all services which may help them in one place.
“It is a natural fit that the Safe: Space pages include information on RJ and how the service can be accessed.
“Currently people using Restorative Justice report incredibly high levels of satisfaction and importantly people can consider whether this will help them
RJ is a powerful and effective voluntary process which gives the victim the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on them. It often involves a conference where a victim meets their offender face to face. Sometimes, when this is not the best way forward, the victim and offender communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video instead.
The Safe: Space website has been built in close consultation with local victims’ services and follows extensive user testing with victims to ensure it meets their needs, whatever stage they have reached in their recovery.