Restorative Justice is a term to describe a variety of practices that seek to provide opportunities for perpetrators to repair the harm they have done. The process generally requires the person to admit responsibility for the crime.
As part of the restorative justice process, victims are often asked if they wish to either meet, or to communicate indirectly, with the person who harmed them. This can provide an opportunity for victims to ask questions and let the person know how their actions have affected their life. The involvement of victims in restorative practice is always voluntary.
In Ireland, restorative practice is primarily used with young offenders. Judges sometimes also make referrals to restorative justice services for adults who are facing prosecution. Sometimes victims initiate the restorative justice process themselves.
The Citizen’s Information website provides extensive information about restorative practice including ways it can be accessed by victims: Restorative Justice
More information can also be found on the Restorative Justice Strategies for Change website.
We can tell you about support services available in your local area for victims of crime. We can also tell you about specialist services for victims of particular crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organization in Ireland who can help.