The benefits & effects

The Offender – You face the harm caused by your offense. Since you are not being personally attacked, it is safe for you to admit your responsibility, feel remorse, apologise for your actions, and refrain from similar harmful behaviour in the future.

The Victim – He/she is able to express the pain, fear, anger, and loss suffered from the offense. He/she is able to hear the offender’s admission of responsibility, apology, and willingness to repair the harm and is better able to let go of feeling of fear, anger, resentment, and the need for revenge.

The Community – The community becomes a safer place. The victim and the  offender return to being contributing citizens. Order and peace are restored and there is a shared sense that justice has been done.

•    A more sympathetic view of the principles of Restorative Justice (mediation) amongst community members

•    The promotion of alternative disputes resolution in local communities.

•    Reduced pressure on the on police, social services, and courts.

•    Greater crime awareness and alternative disputes resolution amongst young people, migrants and local community.

•    Greater community participation in dealing with crime, wrongdoing and conflict.

•    Communities will be strengthened through the rebuilding of relationships, by maintaining ownership of this process; and through increased skills and knowledge which will be acquired through their participation.