Healing the harm caused by offending
Restorative Justice gives victims and offenders of crime the opportunity to talk to each other in a safe and supportive environment, and discuss how the harm might be repaired.
Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley provides Restorative Justice services in the wider Wellington region (Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley).
Why take part?
- It gives those who have been harmed a way to have a voice and seek ways to have their needs met
- It gives those who have committed an offence a way to take responsibility for the harm they have caused and start putting things right
How does the Restorative Justice process work?
- An offender pleads guilty to the offence and agrees to take part in a meeting
- The victim(s) are interested in finding out more about restorative justice
- Trained facilitators meet separately with each party and their support people
- If appropriate, a conference is held with the involved parties and their support people
- For Court-based referrals, a report of the conference is sent to the court
When can RJ take place?
- Prior to sentencing
- After sentencing
- Prior to release from prison
Where to start?
- Lawyers can request a referral once a guilty plea has been entered
- Police or Victim Advisors can request a referral
- The Judge may make a referral
- Victims or offenders may call us directly
- Sentenced prisoners can talk to their Case Managers
To access our free service:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (04) 460 4460