“The one word which is most important to Restorative Justice above all others is respect; respect for all, even those who are different from us, even those who seem to be our enemies”. – Howard Zehr

Restorative Services Otautahi can help by:

  • arranging a conference at any stage of the criminal justice process – before or after sentencing
  • facilitating a process where victims of crime can be given a voice and their questions answered
  • creating an environment where all parties are given a hearing, solutions are explored and agreements can be reached
  • helping people arrange support systems
  • assisting with follow up arrangements as necessary

“Healing of grief and loss can begin when harm is acknowledged and justice done”


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Restorative Justice Aotearoa is a professional association representing the local providers of restorative justice services. Their website is here.

This was great to do – as a victim it gave me an opportunity to positively look at the best outcome for all involved.
I found it was great to have the opportunity to meet with B (the offender). There were some unexplained matters that affected my life and it was great to be able to clarify this. You are doing a great job, Thanks.
I felt it was worthwhile to meet the perpetrator in person and to let them know the personal effect it has on their victims. Hope the meeting will help to turn the offender’s life around and help him to think how his actions affect others.
It clarified a lot of unanswered questions.
Heartfelt thanks for making this all take place. As hard as it was I feel better and lighter for doing so. you are amazing, keep doing what you do, you do make a huge difference.
I was very thankful for the opportunity to have this conference. The facilitators were very professional in their handling of the case putting me at ease. Regardless of the yet to be court appearance this meeting was very rewarding to me personally.
It was quite long; therefore rather tiring (you did mention this in the preconference meeting). However everyone contributed a new perspective and one understood the importance of everyone being able to speak. I thought it was a great achievement.
Hearing the effect of the incident on the offender’s extended family was very helpful. It was a successful and thoroughly inclusive process.