The problem-solving justice approach is already used in other countries and has proved to be successful in reducing levels of crime and re-offending.
The approach requires the relevant parts of Government such as Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Communities to work with the Department of Justice in tackling offending behaviour.
By working together the aim is to deliver a safer Northern Ireland and one in which fewer families are broken up, fewer individuals repeatedly come back before the courts and for those that do, they are given support and help to change their behaviour.
Five pilot initiatives have been developed, with details of each one available below:
- Substance misuse court
- Family drug and alcohol court
- Enhanced combination orders
- Support hubs
- Domestic violence perpetrator programme