23rd May 2013
Two Nottingham Fixers are campaigning to show the benefits of restorative justice, and how it can help victims of crime find closure and discourage young people from re-offending.
Lead Fixer Rebecca Ellison (23) and fellow Fixer Bryony Peters (24) want to raise awareness about the approach, which bring victims of crime and offenders together, so that both groups can communicate and find a positive way forward.
The aim of restorative justice is to hold offenders to account, giving them an insight into the real impact of their behaviour and providing them an opportunity to make amends.
It also gives victims the chance to have their say and ask offenders questions.
Rebecca, who has just finished studying youth justice at university, hopes the Fixers project will go some way towards helping victims of crime come to terms with what has happened to them.
‘There is good evidence to suggest that these types of informal resolutions do work, but we want to see more,’ Rebecca says.
‘Not only is it good for the victim to get some closure, it can stop perpetrators from doing it again.
‘Of course some victims will not want to re-live those memories again, but I think it's good to find a common ground.'
The two Fixers hope their campaign will help reduce re-offending rates among young people in the long run as well as offer victims a chance to move on.