Make Amends

Make Amends is the Restorative Justice commissioned service by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. Make Amends delivers a choice of restorative opportunities that seek to heal the harm caused by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour and the harmful actions of others across Devon and Cornwall.
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Crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or the harmful actions of others affect us all in different ways. For some people being affected by these sorts of events can produce feelings of isolation, disorientation, powerlessness or anxiety. For others it might make them feel angry, frightened or sad. Whereas some people feel that they have not been harmed by the incident at all. All of these feelings are completely normal because we all deal with things in our own way. Restorative Justice can help to reduce some of the negative effects that harmful events have on us and can help us to move forward

What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice creates opportunities for people affected by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or the harmful actions of others to have some type of communication with the person responsible for causing the harm in order to get answers to their questions and to explain the effect the incident has had on them. It gives those who accept responsibility for the harm they have caused an insight into the real impact their actions have had on the person affected, their friends and family or the community. It also creates opportunities to find ways in which those who have caused the harm can make amends for what they have done. The process aims to help everyone move on.

Key Points
Your involvement is entirely voluntary and you don't have to take part if you don't want to.
You are free to withdraw from the process at any point without feeling like you have to give a reason.
You will be given as much information as you need in order to make an informed decision about taking part.
If you are not ready now, that doesn't mean you can't access this service at a later date. There are no time limits for restorative meetings to take place.

So how does Restorative Justice work?
Restorative Justice is a voluntary process for everyone involved. If you choose to take part you will be supported throughout the process by a trained independent practitioner. The first step is for a practitioner to meet with you to talk about what happened and the effect that the event has had on you. Your practitioner will talk through the options available. If you decide that you would like to meet the person who has caused the harm, your practitioner will explore the possibility of this happening. If a meeting can not go ahead you might like to consider alternatives such as indirect communication in the form of a letter, recorded message or asking questions through the practitioner for example.
If you and the person who caused the harm agree to meet, your practitioner will work with you to identify a suitable and neutral venue for the meeting. This will be done at the right time for you. Your practitioner will guide the meeting to make sure that everyone will be given the opportunity to have their say in a safe way. You can also bring a friend, family member or supporter along too.
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