Restorative Justice (RJ) gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime. RJ empowers victims by giving them a voice and holds offenders to account for what they have done, it helps them to take responsibility and make amends.
RJ is a powerful and effective voluntary process. Trained facilitators guide through the process and ensure it is safe and will be a positive experience for those involved.
RJ in Sussex is overseen by Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership, formed of statutory and non-statutory partners including Sussex Police, National Probation Service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Victim Support, Sussex Pathways and others. Our Partnership aims are to ensure victims have equal access to RJ at all stages of the criminal justice system, raise awareness of RJ and its potential benefits and to ensure RJ is safe, competent and focused on the needs of the victim. We adhere to the recognised standards set by the Restorative Justice Council and have achieved national accreditation with the Restorative Services Quality Mark.
To find out more and to contact your local restorative justice practitioner, please visit the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner's website.