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Would you want to meet the person who committed a crime against you?

Through Restorative Justice (RJ) you have the chance to tell the person who harmed you how this affected you and made you feel. We’re encouraging victims to take part in the process during International Restorative Awareness Week starting on Monday (17 November).

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A sister meeting her brother's killer, a burglary victim communicating with the burglar who ransacked her home, are just some of the Restorative Justice cases the Signpost Hub is facilitating. Most burglary victims say what makes the crime so traumatic is having someone go through their belongings and not being able to feel safe in their own home. RJ gives them the chance to explain this to the perpetrator.

Through RJ you can communicate through written, shuttle mediation or face-to-face reparation options. RJ does not replace the criminal justice system, but helps to deal with the emotions and stress caused by crime, so the person harmed can move on with their lives.

If you’ve been a victim of a crime it’s likely to have been a deeply upsetting and unsettling experience. For many people RJ helps to get closure after a traumatic time. People who have participated in restorative justice have reported that it has been an empowering experience which allowed them to feel more in control of what happened to them.

The Signpost Hub offers free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, and can facilitate RJ meetings between a victim and an offender.

Vicky Marlin, Signpost's temporary Head of Victim Services says: "Restorative Justice can also be helpful for offenders because it enables them to understand the impact their actions have had.

"It gives them the chance to listen and to answer any questions the person they harmed might have. They may apologise for what they have done and agree what they might do to make things better. This might include addressing the issues in their life that led them to commit the offence."

If you would like to talk to someone regarding restorative justice, contact the Signpost Hub on 0800 282887 or email info@signpostforbedfordshire.com

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