Why me? in Restorative Justice Week

Published: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019


Restorative Justice is an amazing process which brings victims of crime back into the heart of the criminal justice process, and unlocks the potential of people who have committed the offence.

Restorative Justice Week is a great chance to celebrate and promote Restorative Justice. Here’s what we got up to…

Launching papers about Restorative Justice and hate crime

Why me? launched two papers about Restorative Justice and hate crime at the start of Restorative Justice week. This followed two years of research and work with police forces across the country about increasing the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime. This has all been part of the Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime project. 

The first paper is called Making Restorative Justice happen for hate crime in your police area. It focuses on how police, victim staff, restorative providers and Police and Crime Commissioners can increase the number of victims of hate crime referred for Restorative Justice in their area.

The second is called Making Restorative Justice happen for hate crime across the country. It focuses on what guidance and policies the Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service, Ministry of Justice and other policy makers can introduce to increase the number of victims of hate crime referred for Restorative Justice. 

Speaking at Resolve West Forum 

One of the groups who we worked with on Restorative Justice and hate crime are Resolve West – the Restorative Justice provider for Avon & Somerset Police. They organised an event on restorative interventions for victims of hate during Restorative Justice week.

Our Policy & Communications officer Ben attended the event, and spoke about our work on hate crime. 

Presenting at the Restorative Justice Council AGM

150 delegates gathered in Nottingham to discuss practice and policy in mental health, higher education, police areas, specific crime types and schools, at the Restorative Justice Council’s Annual General Meeting.

Our Director Lucy Jaffe presented our findings about Restorative Justice and hate crime. She covered the practical barriers which prevent Restorative Justice from being offered to victims of hate, and the police changes needed to support this work. There were many other interesting speakers at the event, and it was great to have so many Restorative Justice enthusiasts in the same room!

Discussing the psychology of hate crime at Middlesex University

A stimulating seminar on Restorative Justice and hate crime took place for MA students at Middlesex University on the Forensic Psychology MA course. 

Our Director Lucy Jaffe, and trustee Will Jacks talked about the psychology of hate crime and issues to consider when using Restorative Justice in this context. This included a conversation about the importance of respecting people’s desire to make their own choices about Restorative Justice, whatever crime they have been a victim of.

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