Crime Survey: Threat to Restorative Justice Question
Today Why me? submitted its response to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) consultation to future changes to its annual survey. It is essential for future CSEW surveys to keep RJ questions as part of his survey as this gives an opportunity for victims to share their experience of Restorative Justice (RJ) and the Criminal Justice System (CJS) as a whole.
Objective of the Crime Survey for England and Wales
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is a survey of victims in which people resident in households in England and Wales are asked about their experiences of a range of crimes in the 12 months prior to the interview. Respondents to the survey are also asked about their attitudes towards different crime-related issues, such as the police and the criminal justice system and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour.
On 13th June 2017, the CSEW invited feedback from practitioners and organisations about the changes to the survey. The three RJ questions up for consideration to be removed from the service are:
- Were you offered such a meeting after this incident?
- Did you accept this offer of a meeting?
- If you had been offered the chance for such a meeting would you have accepted it?
It is of huge concern that as part of a cost saving exercise the Office for National Statistics are proposing significant changes to the survey and considering dropping several questions about victims’ experiences following a crime. Is our view the CSEW should keep these three RJ questions, as such information is vital in understanding victim attitudes about the Criminal Justice System as a whole and RJ. Lucy Jaffé (Director of Why me?)