#RJWeek2017: Why me? Supporting Victims of Hate Crime

Published: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017


At the Strengthening Communities in Brighton Hove Conference on November 22nd 2017, Director, Lucy Jaffe and Policy Development Officer, Laura Ho, announced a new project focused on the use of Restorative Justice (RJ) in tackling hate crime. Why me? will be working with regional police forces to establish RJ and restorative practice in supporting victims to cope and recover from hate crime.

The aim of Access to Justice: RJ and Hate Crime Project is to improve access to RJ for victims of hate crimes, allowing them to make an informed choice about their recovery.

The project will involve:

  • Connecting our RJ expertise with the expertise of anti-hate and identity-based organisations to identify the particular support needs for specific groups and other considerations that need to be taken into account in the hate crime RJ process
  • Producing practical guidance for practitioners on how the RJ process can be adjusted for specific groups’ needs based on our findings
  • Working with regional police forces who are keen to provide sector-leading support to victims
  • Capturing this process in a model that can be replicated with different groups in different areas, so that guidance is always tailored to specific needs
  • Identifying policy changes which will support the aims of the project

We intend to work with specialist anti-hate organisations to develop collaboratively policy and guidance for the use of RJ with hate crime and work with Police Forces to increase awareness and delivery of the benefits and delivery of RJ within their hate crime units, as well as disseminating awareness and and best practice nationally. Richard Monkhouse, Chair of Trustees, Why me?


Get in touch

Laura Ho, Policy Development Officer and lead for the Access to Justice work:

T: 020 3096 7708

E: Laura.Ho@why-me.org