Restorative Approaches


Policy Statement:Restorative Justice
Durham Constabulary is committed to embedding the use of Restorative Approaches (RA) principles into everyday policing in order to reduce crime, the fear of crime, reoffending and to enhance community cohesion and victim satisfaction that will ultimately lead to an improvement in public confidence.
What is Restorative Approaches?
Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. Restorative Approaches holds offenders to account for what they have done, helps them understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends.
Restorative processes are increasingly being used in schools, care homes and the wider community to address conflict, build understanding and strengthen relationships with young people. In these contexts it is also known by the names 'restorative approaches' and 'restorative practices'.
To find out more visit Restorative Solutions  
Tackling Anti-social Behaviour 
Community Remedy Document - Consultation 
Restorative approaches and informal interventions/activities can play a significant role in tackling anti-social behaviour and low level crime, providing an effective way of resolving problems.
The Community Remedy has been introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Act places a duty on, Ron Hogg, as your elected Police and Crime Commissioner to consult with members of the public and community representatives on what actions are considered appropriate to be included in this Community Remedy document. The views of local people and community representatives are an important element of this consultation exercise to assist me in developing this document.
To find out more visit  - Community Remedy Document - Consultation