No improvement in number of victims of crime being offered access to Restorative Justice revealed by The Office of National Statistics

Published: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017


Statistical data published by the Office of National Statistics shows that the number of victims of crime in England and Wales being offered Restorative Justice has failed to improve over the past twelve months. (The data shows a 0.1% reduction)

The Office of National Statistics has recorded data on Restorative Justice as part of the comprehensive National Crime Survey since April 2010. The data reveals that between April 2016 and March 2017 victims of crime in just 4.1% of incidents were given the opportunity to meet the offender. This figure of 4.1% is the 4th annual decline given that in the year ending March 2013 victims of crime in 8.7% of incidents were offered the opportunity to meet the offender.

However, the data shows that in 23.6% of incident the victims would have taken up the offer to meet the offender had they been given the opportunity.

Trevor Watson, Acting Director, of Why me? said

“It is disappointing to see, yet again, that there has been no improvement in the number of victims being offered access to Restorative Justice throughout England and Wales. It is clear from the data that over 23% of victims would take up the offer to take part in Restorative Justice and meet the offender and yet this offer is only being made in 4.1% of incidents.”

Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for commissioning the majority of support services for victims of crime. Richard Monkhouse, Chair of Why me? said :

“I urge all Police and Crime Commissioners to demonstrate that they take the impact of crime seriously and commit to ensuring that all victims in their area are offered access to Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice can be empowering, giving the victim a voice, helping address the harm caused and contributing to offender rehabilitation.”

For more information please contact:

Nicola Davies: 07774 353 139 or nicola.davies@why-me.org

Trevor Watson: 07720319776 or info@why-me.org

Why me? Office: 02030967708


Additional information:

The Office of National Statistics published (3rd August 2017) comparable data on Restorative Justice for the year ending March 2011 to year ending March 2017. This data is published as an addition to the Crime Survey for England and Wales published on 20th July 2017.

The data records:

  • Proportion of incidents where victims were given the opportunity to meet the offender
  • Proportion of incidents where victims accepted the offer to meet the offender
  • Proportion of incidents where victims would have accepted the offer to meet the offender if offered
  • Proportion of incidents where victims received reparation

Read the statistical data report here (Released 3rd August 2017)