This Restorative Justice Week, victims of crime who want answers from perpetrators are encouraged to contact Victim Support Merseyside for free, confidential support.
The Restorative Justice Scheme gives victims the opportunity to challenge offenders and get the answers they need to recover from a crime. It empowers victims by giving them a voice, offering them the chance to meet their offender and explain the impact the crime has had on them.
While not intended to replace criminal proceedings, Restorative Justice meetings are assessed by a trained facilitator beforehand to check the case is suitable. Taking part is voluntary and will only happen once an offender has accepted responsibility for the crime.
Evidence has shown that more than 85% of victims who take part have left the meeting feeling satisfied. Successful cases in Wirral have included neighbour disputes, theft, and domestic incidents.
The scheme receives referrals from the Police, housing providers and Wirral Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team.
Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Victim Support by calling 0151 353 4003 or emailing the team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Training courses are also available for those who would like to be facilitators - you can sign up at the Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) website.