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This Restorative Justice Week we're asking "What would you do?"

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This year, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is supporting International Restorative Justice Week (16 to 23 November) by running a public awareness raising campaign.

The campaign, which is being supported by the Restorative Justice Council, WhyMe? and the Chris Donovan Trust, is called “What would you do?”, encouraging people to think about whether they would meet somebody who committed a crime against them.

Using a range of resources including a promotional video and video case studies of real victims who have benefitted from Restorative Justice (RJ), we are aiming to raise awareness and asking people to join the debate on a specially created Facebook campaign page.

Restorative justice (RJ) is the process of bringing together victims of crime and their offenders to discuss the impact of the crime, repair the harm and find a positive way forward. It offers victims the chance to be heard, get answers to questions and provide a sense of closure. It also forces offenders to face up to the impact of their behavior and in this way can help to reduce reoffending.

Twitter chat

At 1pm on Monday, 17 November, Ray & Vi Donovan, founders of the Chris Donovan Trust will be taking over MoJ’s Twitter account to host a public Q&A on Restorative Justice. Ray and Vi’s 18-year-old son Christopher was murdered in 2001 and since then they have been strong champions for restorative justice.

Support the campaign

Victims’ organisations, RJ practitioners and Police & Crime Commissioners are supporting RJ Week using #whatwouldyoudo on social media and promoting RJ through a range of publicity materials.

Visit our Facebook campaign page to find out more about RJ, join the ‘What would you do?’ debate and watch the stories of victims who have met their offender in an RJ conference.

For further information about RJ visit the Restorative Justice Council’s website.