Restorative Dorset is a new Dorset-wide service to enable victims of crimes, committed by adult offenders, to access restorative justice.
It focuses on the needs of victims, offenders and the involved community, as opposed to simply punishing the offender.
Restorative justice holds offenders directly accountable to their victims and can bring them together in a facilitated meeting. This gives victims an opportunity to inform offenders of the real impact of their crime.
Before the meeting, the offender must have accepted responsibility, and all participation is voluntary. Restorative justice can be used at any stage of a crime and for any type of crime, on a case-by-case’ basis.