The family group conference is your chance to have your say. This is where the young person, their family and others come together to talk about the offending and what can be done to put things right. You will be able to talk about how the crime affected you, physically, emotionally and financially. Your thoughts can be presented verbally or in a written Victim Impact Statement.
The justice system can be a complex and confusing place for victims of crime. It's important to understand that the criminal justice system – specifically that the courts are part of a system that's concerned primarily with following a process that does not always translate into what the victim might view as "justice".
Restorative Justice is a term used to describe a range of processes that bring victims, offenders and sometimes communities together to help victims to decide on a response to a particular crime. It's a way of putting victims' needs at the centre of the criminal justice system and finding positive solutions to crime by encouraging offenders to face up to their actions.
Have you been the victim of a crime or trauma (this includes being a witness or family member of a victim)? Traumatic events like this can affect people in different ways. Here's a summary of some common reactions to trauma, and some helpful ways to cope.
If you are thinking of making a written or oral submission to the Parole Board contact Victim Support on 0800 842 846. We can help you prepare, help cover the costs of attending and go with you if you want. See the attached flyer for more information.