The United Nations Association Coventry, working with the University of Warwick and Coventry Restorative Justice Forum, invites communities to host a presentation on the subject of Restorative Justice.
The Ministry of Justice wants a process called Restorative Justice (RJ) to be embedded into the criminal justice system and offered to all victims of crime. The benefits to the victim, the offender and the public are well established.
RJ is a process that brings together those harmed by crime, conflict or anti-social behaviour and those responsible for the damage, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Unfortunately we are still very far from it being widely known and used. This is partly because it requires a change of culture on behalf of police, lawyers and judges. Also it requires the public to be more aware of the benefits so they are more likely to take part when it is offered to them.
The West Midlands has a well-established process for offering RJ, but Coventry has very low rates of uptake.
So Coventry Restorative Justice Forum is working with the University of Warwick on a project to make the people of Coventry more aware of RJ.
Coventry Restorative Stories is a project to promote awareness of Restorative Justice (RJ) within Coventry and to listen to the voices of people who have used or needed RJ.
If your community would like to hear more please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you.