There are four community justice panels in South Yorkshire working within local communities to resolve neighbour disputes and low level crime using restorative practices.
Each district within South Yorkshire has its own community justice panel that are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, the local councils, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and local housing authorities.
As part of Restorative Justice Week, victims in South Yorkshire are coming forward to speak about their experiences of Restorative Justice.
Judith Gilbert became a victim of crime when her offender selected her insecure property to steal from. During a hot evening in July 2015, her home where she lives with her husband in Sheffield was targeted and burgled.
Daniel Simpson, 30, lives in Doncaster. On the 5 September 2015, he became a victim of crime when a man, unknown to him bit his ear off in an unprovoked attack outside a shop in Thorne.
Daniel was waiting for a friend outside the shop with his friend’s dog. The offender Daniel Reed was driving down the street in his car. As he approached Daniel Simpson, he noticed the dog was pulling on the lead.
Restorative Justice Week runs from 20 November to 27 November this year and the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings is providing his full support to victims here in South Yorkshire.
Restorative Justice is the process where a victim has the opportunity to communicate with their offender through a direct or indirect channel.