Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning restorative justice services in Cambridgeshire from the grant they receive from the Ministry of Justice for Victims’ Services.
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a process which “brings those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward”.
The process is completely voluntary for both parties and is done at a time that is right for the victim. It can empower victims by letting them have their say and helping them to move on with their lives and it can help offenders to recognise the impact of what they have done and make amends.
Accessing Restorative Justice in Cambridgeshire
A multi-agency virtual RJ Hub has been set up by the Constabulary, funded by the PCC to act as a single point of contact for RJ enquiries. This bespoke model works alongside the Constabulary-run Cambridgeshire Victim and Witness Hub. A Specialist Victim and Witness Care Co-ordinator for Restorative Justice receives all referrals on behalf of victims who are interested in exploring restorative justice. This post holder then co-ordinates the provision of high quality victim-focused restorative justice conferences and interventions delivered by trained facilitators. Victims of crime who haven’t reported to police can also ‘self-refer’ through this service.
If you have been a victim of any type of crime, whether recently or historically, and are interested in speaking to someone to explore whether restorative justice could be for you can call 0800 781 6818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to know more about what restorative justice is you can speak to the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator on the above number or visit the Constabulary website or the Restorative Justice Council website.