Restorative Approaches


Policy Statement:Restorative Justice
Durham Constabulary is committed to embedding the use of Restorative Approaches (RA) principles into everyday policing in order to reduce crime, the fear of crime, reoffending and to enhance community cohesion and victim satisfaction that will ultimately lead to an improvement in public confidence.
What is Restorative Approaches?
Restorative processes bring 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.
In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. Restorative Approaches holds offenders to account for what they have done, helps them understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends.
Restorative processes are increasingly being used in schools, care homes and the wider community to address conflict, build understanding and strengthen relationships with young people. In these contexts it is also known by the names 'restorative approaches' and 'restorative practices'.
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