Our restorative vision comprises the following key elements:
- Safer Communities
- Portsmouth – A Restorative City
- Quiet Enjoyment for City Residents
- Strong Partnerships with our Police
- RJ for all of Portsmouth Schools
- School Peace Programmes
- An army of passionate volunteers
- Peace & Prosperity for Pompey
- A hub that connects people for good
We desire to be at the centre of seeing Portsmouth become known as a Restorative City
Eric Hoffer said “Retribution means we eventually do to ourselves what we do to others”
We desire to be at the centre of seeing Portsmouth become a ‘Restorative City’ – we see that the opposite of RJ is our current system of Retributive Justice. In simple terms the victim is sidelined, the offence is against the State or the Queen as Head of State, and the Crown will take retribution as it punishes the offender. Restorative Justice on the other hand seeks to achieve reconciliation between crime victims and the persons who have harmed them. It begins to answer the questions of the victim. RJ has its heart in Relationships, Respect & Responsibilities – indeed respect & responsibilities are key to right relationships. The whole idea of restorative justice is to repair the breach in moral trust and establish lasting peace instead of lasting hurt, regret or conflict. Some refer to the restorative approach as a peacemaking ethics. It includes the following characteristics:
- Justice requires restoring victims, offenders, and communities who have been injured by crime.
- Victims, offenders, and communities should have the opportunity to be fully active as part of the justice process.
- Government should restore order, but the community should be responsible for restoring peace.
We have made a fundamental change to the work of our organisation through the introduction of Restorative practice and approaches. Our team are all trained as Restorative Facilitators and we are using these new skills to help bring about a deeper peace to the conflict that is referred to us – a Just peace!
As an important peace hub in Portsmouth, we are becoming more involved with prevention of conflict, we are actively seeking and promoting Restorative practices in our schools. We made a great start with primary schools – working with educational professionals to help develop healthy relationships, identifying common values and promoting and strengthening a sense of belonging and ownership. We aim to work with every school in Portsmouth that recognises this value and desires our help. As a Voluntary Organisation we seek to recruit passionate like minded volunteers to help achieve our mission.
We are currently working with The Safer Portsmouth Partnership to become a provider of Restorative Justice.