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Would you meet your ‘breaker’?

Created on 21/11/2017 @ 09:32
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Victims of crime in the Welshpool area are being offered the chance to confront those who may have broken into their homes or damaged their property.

In a new initiative being welcomed by the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, victims of ‘low level crime’ will be able to tell the perpetrator face to face of the emotional damage they have caused and offer them the chance to apologise both verbally and financially.

The initiative is said to have prevented re-offending in other areas of the country and victims of crime are being asked to volunteer to take part.

“Research, along with success stories, proves that restorative justice can benefit a wide range of victims and offenders,” said Mr Llywelyn. “The statistics prove that restorative justice is a step in the right direction – 85% victim satisfaction rate and 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending.”

Restorative justice allows the victim to explain the impact the crime has had on them, ask questions and seek an apology. It encourages the offender to take responsibility for their actions and make amends, and the experience can be very challenging for offenders, as it confronts them with the personal impact of their crime.   

The police believe it is an opportunity to deliver swift, simple and effective justice with the support of victims and complainants, and provides a learning opportunity for offenders to realise the true effect of their behaviour.

Only in low level incidents or offences will this be considered, and it is not an easy option for offenders, as they must accept responsibility for the offence and most importantly demonstrate a commitment to put right the harm done. Suitability is assessed on a case by case basis, and offenders must meet suitability criteria.

The police consult with victims at all times to give them a greater voice in the criminal justice system. The most appropriate restorative justice outcome will be sought, which could include recompense either financial or a verbal apology, agreed with them in order to help prevent re-offending and go some way to putting right the wrong.  

Trained restorative justice champions are now working in every division of the force area.

If you have been a victim of crime and would like to take part in the scheme, email or call 01554 773736.

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