Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a process that involves a conversation between a victim and a person who has committed a crime against them facilitated by an independent mediator, trained to manage such conversations. It is a victim oriented approach that aims to repair the harm caused and find a positive way forward.

The purpose of restorative justice (RJ) for those bereaved by homicide is to provide them with a space to express their grief, ask questions, and share the full impact of their loss in a safe and supportive environment. It allows them to be heard and acknowledged, which can be a crucial part of their healing journey.

For people who have offended, RJ provides an opportunity to realize the impact of their actions and face the consequences. 

It is a voluntary process. It can only proceed if both victims and perpetrator agree to participate, and they have the right to withdraw at any time.

What Restorative Justice is Not

Restorative justice is not about excusing or minimizing the offender’s actions, nor is it about forcing victims to forgive the offender. It does not replace the criminal justice system or negate the need for punishment or accountability. Instead, it complements traditional justice approaches by providing victims with a voice and an opportunity to participate in the resolution process.

The Facilitator

Restorative Justice processes in Ireland are conducted in a controlled setting, with measures in place to protect the safety and well-being of participants.

The Probation Service’s Restorative Justice and Victim Services Unit can facilitate restorative justice if the perpetrator is subject to Probation supervision.  

However, RJ is available to everyone at various stages of the criminal justice process. 

The unit handles inquiries from all victims, offering information and referrals to appropriate services when necessary.


If you are interested in pursuing the restorative justice, or looking for more information, please contact:

Restorative Justice and Victims Services Unit.
Probation Service,
Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 WT27

 (0)1 8173600


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