The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime has published a report on how to tackle the rising problem of hate crime in the UK. The report: How do we build community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise flags up Restorative Justice as a key part of the solution. In the Executive Summary, […]
This is a blog by Tehmina Kazi. She works for Why me? as our Development Officer, working on two projects about hate crime and Restorative Justice. Last night saw more twists and turns in the Brexit drama: MPs voted on no less than seven amendments. A majority of MPs agreed that a “no deal” scenario should be off the table, although this amendment is not legally-binding. Other amendments – such as Yvette Cooper’s amendment on the postponement of Brexit […]
This article is by Sophie Jess, who is a volunteer intern with Why me? In March I applied for a placement with Why me? through University and was invited to come for an interview. I told the Director Lucy Jaffe that I had no understanding of what Restorative Justice was, and she was happy to explain how it works and what the charity does to help promote it. […]
In light of the attack on a Syrian refugee in Huddersfield, our Policy and Communications Officer Ben Andrew reflects on how Restorative Justice could be beneficial in cases like this. The story of a teenage refugee being bullied in Huddersfield has gone viral over the past few days, after this video showed him being pushed […]
It is #RJWeek this week, a chance to celebrate the successes and potential of Restorative Justice. Why me? would like every victim to have the right to access Restorative Justice if the offender is willing to take part. But what is Restorative Justice? And why is it so beneficial? We have a handy guide for […]
Today Why me? and The Parole Board publish two jointly produced leaflets to raise awareness and understanding of one another’s roles with victims and offenders. A joint letter from Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? and Martin Jones, Chief Executive of The Parole Board has been published to accompany the release of the two leaflets: Restorative […]
The piece from Lucy Jaffé shares four case studies of people who have experienced Restorative Justice. Stories like these raise questions about how we approach justice in Britain.
Why me? and Khulisa recently hosted a two day Conference for Restorative Justice and mediation practitioners, community and youth engagement workers from Northern Ireland.
In light of last week’s publication of a Victims Strategy by the Ministry of Justice, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé shares some reflections on what this means for Restorative Justice and victims’ rights.
Recent data shows that the proportion of incidents where victims recall being given the opportunity to meet the offender has gone up. This is undeniably good news. More victims of crime are being given the opportunity to make an informed choice about their recovery journey.
The ‘ideal restorative justice victim’: how professionals prevent victims from making an informed decision
This post comes from Rebecca Banwell-Moore, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield whose research covers barriers to victims’ participation in Restorative Justice.
Jenny, a new volunteer Restorative Justice facilitator at Why me? recently accompanied our Service Co-ordinator to a London prison to meet offenders who have expresed an interest in Restorative Justice. Here are her reflections.
16 Years after the Restorative Justice conference between Peter Woolf and Will Riley (Why me?’s Founder), Peter reflects on how RJ is not an easy option for offenders.
This International Women’s Day, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé writes an open letter to Laura Dern about her call for Restorative Justice at the Global Globes as part of the #MeToo campaign against sexual assault and harassment.
Our research shows that victims are not currently getting the support that they need. The Criminal Justice System needs new ways of tackling Hate Crime and meeting those needs. Restorative Justice has the potential to really address the harms caused by Hate Crime.
Why me? welcomes the Fawcett Society’s report as an opportunity for open discussion regarding the use of Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence.
This post aims to provide some clarity on the difference between Community Resolutions and Restorative Justice and discuss what is important from the victim’s point of view.
On 3rd January 2018, ITV published a news article entitled ‘Thousands avoid prosecution after saying ‘sorry’’. This is Why me?’s response.
A new National Victim Strategy is being prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Why me? respond to improve victims’ access to Restorative Justice
Why me? will be working with Lancashire Constabulary to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice.
Exciting and flexible new position at Why me? to work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop a deeper relationship with our supporters.
During International RJ Week, we spoke with BBC Radio York about RJ and how it can benefit victims of crime
Rosalyn Boyce named as a winner at the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Awards.
During International RJ Week 2017, Why me? launched The Hate Crime RJ Project. Read on to hear how we will be supporting victims, services and the police nationwide.
#RJWeek2017: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s leads the way in providing victims of crime with access to high quality Restorative Justice
Joint press release between Durham PCC and Why me? for International RJ Week 2017
Valuing Victims Part II report reveals not all victims of crime are receiving support to help them recover from harm
We are delighted that Parole board CEO Martin Jones and Chair Nick Hardwick have committed to supporting our Initiative to improve victims’ experience.
The Why me? team celebrates significant RJ progress this RJ week 19th – 26th November
As part of the Valuing Victims Part II report, we approached Durham Restorative Service to share how they are monitoring and evaluating performance. Read Durham’s story
As part of the Valuing Victims Part II report, we approached Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership to share how they monitor and evaluate the Restorative Justice service. Read Sussex’s Story.
What have we been up to this month? October newsletter available to download.
On Friday 13th October, Rosalyn along with Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me?, addressed a CPD training day for the Serious Sexual Offending Unit at GMP.
Publishing individual Police and Crime Commissioner replies received to our Valuing Victims 2017 publication
Valuing Victims 2017 Press Release for the media
In October, Lucy will be travelling the country visiting Restorative Justice services, attending national advisory groups and meeting criminal justice professionals to share knowledge and experience in working with victims, and talking about regional practice that works well in supporting victims.
Our team had a great time this month visiting victim services and meeting professionals from different Victim Services across England and Wales. Read On
Tuesday 19th September, our team were delighted to attend and present at the Restorative Justice event in Birmingham
Putting Victims First — Director Lucy Jaffe and Rosalyn Boyce spoke at the Public Policy Exchange Conference
At the Public Policy Exchange Conference we spoke about Restorative Justice, Victim satisfaction rates and the role of Why me? in opening up recovery routes for victims.
Welcome to our newest recruit here at Why me?
E-newsletter looking at all that’s been achieved this summer and looking ahead to Autumn 2017.
No improvement in number of victims of crime being offered access to Restorative Justice revealed by The Office of National Statistics
ONS data shows a 0.1% reduction in the number of victims in England and Wales being offered Restorative Justice.
Thank you to @LDNVictimsComm and team for City Hall event.
Welcome to our newest recruit, Isabella as she shares her first month with us in our London Offices.
Why me? have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to undertake further complex and serious Restorative Justice (RJ) casework.
Our response to the Office of National Statistics Year Ending March 2017 Publication.
Read our recent policy, service and campaigns update.
The Office for National Statistics are considering removing three key RJ questions asked to victims of crime. Share your views.
Valuing Victims 2017 Campaign practitioner’s guides available to download here.
The Restorative Justice community working together to increase public awareness.
Director Lucy Jaffe and Why me? Ambassador, Peter Woolf took to Twitter to have a live Q&A.
The role of trustee is important within the voluntary sector. Davina shares her experience of being a trustee at Why me?
The Conservative Party has unveiled its 2017 Manifesto. Will Restorative Justice feature and what support will the pledge to victims of crime?
Is there a victim focus or commitment to Restorative Justice in the Liberal Democrats manifesto?
This morning saw the launch of the Labour party election Manifesto titled ‘For the many not the few. What are Labour’s manifesto pledge(s) to victims of crime
Will Restorative Justice feature in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos?
How to lose victims and alienate people? Ask them if they want to participate in Restorative Justice
Director Lucy Jaffé gives an overview of the event and shares her reflections in making Restorative Justice an viable option for victims.
The votes cast by the British public will elect a Government into office for a term of up to five years. Will Restorative Justice feature in any of the party manifestos?
Read our response to the Government’s Action Plan and Progress report on Restorative Justice.
Join us for our open discussion event on Tuesday 2nd May.
Director and Victim Ambassador share their knowledge at Greater Manchester Police event. Read on
Lizzie shares about her 10 month student placement with Why me? Read on
Why me? is pleased to acknowledge the Restorative Justice Council guide for prison governors on delivering Restorative Justice. The report makes the case why prisons should be offering Restorative Justice which Why me? fully support. Lucy Jaffe , Why me? Director, said: We hope this will be used by all prisons to ensure Restorative Justice […]
Why me? praised for delivery of RJ in complex and sensitive cases
Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me? was invited as guest speaker to talk to audience following the show. Read on to hear her reflections
Today is International Women’s Day and the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ strikes a chord with us here at ‘Why me?’
Campaigns Announcement from Why me? National Survey looking into how the Restorative Justice offer is made throughout England and Wales.
Why me? are looking for new offices from 1st July 2017. Approx 10*10 feet (6 desks) inside zone 2 in London. 2 people require a dedicated and quiet space to take calls for our helpline and to talk to victims of crime. The other 4-6 people can use hot-desks in an open office. We do not have storage […]
Read on to listen to Jay’s interview and hear Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffe share her thoughts on increasing victims access to RJ.
A special event to mark the first seven years of Why me? took place on 23 rd January 2017 at the offices of law firm Clifford Chance LLP.
We have a new Coordinator, Claire Dodds, who has already started and will be running the service along with our 15 Restorative Justice facilitators.
Louise writes about the different challenges the service has faced this year in supporting individuals through the RJ process and encourages practitioners to collaborate and communicate at every stage
Lucy Jaffé, Director at Why me?, takes the opportunity during International RJ week to look back at the year and offers thoughts on how Restorative Justice (RJ) should be measured as part of victim recovery.
Victims deserve better! Only 4.2 % of victims received an offer of Restorative Justice in 2015/16, reveals a report by the Victims Commissioner. What value for money are victims and the public getting from the Government’s investment in RJ?
Exciting new promotional materials for Restorative Justice service providers and Commissioners will be launched during RJ Week. Register your interest now and we’ll be in touch!
Will Riley, founder of Why me?, is stepping down from Board for personal reasons. The Board has appointed an interim Chair, Sara Nathan, and will be making arrangements for the future, including the appointment of a new Chair and Trustees. More information will be forthcoming after the next Board meeting on 5th October 2016 on […]
On Thursday 1st September 2016 the Justice Committee published its Restorative Justice Report. Why me? are delighted that many of the recommendations made follow similar lines to our evidence submission and Valuing Victims Report. More details here.
On Wednesday 20th July, Why me? held its first Observer Programme workshop for the year, gathering 20 Restorative Justice (RJ) Practitioners, Voluntary Sector and Criminal Justice Agencies from across the South East to discuss how best to promote RJ to local and national decision makers.
Director Lucy Jaffe comments on the climate of uncertainty we face after the vote to leave the EU. She comments on the benefits of Restorative Processes in moving forward and tackling the conflicting views that seem to have divided the nation.
Thanks to the willingness of Paul Kohler and his wife Samantha and the help of Why me? the benefits of Restoratve Justice made headlines in the UK. It undoubtedly raised awareness of the Restorative Justice Process. Find out how it became possible.
Justice Committee launches an inquiry into Restorative Justice. Stay tuned
We ask the question, ‘Why do so few victims of crime have access to Restorative Justice?’ Report / recommendations published.
Why me? welcome the fact the Victims’ Code is in line with the EU Directive.
In June 2015 Why me? unveiled its very own Restorative Justice service.
Watch “Recovering from Crime”, an excellent portrayal of a Restorative Justice Conference produced by Why me? and the Restorative Justice Council.
Why me? ambassador Dave Rogers gives an interview to the Daily Telegraph Magazine.
The observer programme is 18 months old. Read about it’s success so far engaging local and national decision makers.
Why me? highlights the difference between Community Resolution and Restorative Justice and comments on the difficulties faced when the media and politicians confuse the two.
Victim meets young man who raped her. Katja Rosenberg speaks out.
London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime witnessed a restorative justice meeting in action this week as part of the Why me? Observer Programme
Why me? first observer described the experience as ‘an overwhelmingly positive experience for all involved. Read to find out more about the conference
BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds was mugged at knifepoint last year. Read the full story…
Find out how the West Midlands Police are using restorative justice to bring victims of crime and offenders together in a remarkable series of meetings.
RJ helps an offender realise the gravity of his crime.
Why me? have been busy over the past few days responding to the story that has hit the headlines about the increasing number of violent crimes that are dealt with out of court by means of “community resolutions”. Many news organisations reported the answer to a question asked by the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper […]
Why me? are pleased to announce the RJ Observer Programme is now set up and ready to go. Charlotte Calkin has been engaged to run the scheme on behalf of Why me? with our partners the Restorative Justice Council and the Ministry of Justice. Over the next few weeks and months, decision makers within the […]
On Friday 1st March, Ray and Vi Donovan went to a restorative justice meeting with the third person who killed their son Chris. This was their reaction following the meeting..
Concern that Payment by Results proposals for offenders will put pressure on victims to participate in restorative justice – the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation consultation. Find out more.
Margaret Foxley told her story in the Daily Mirror alongside the man who burgled her home, Ian Ashworth, whom the judge described as a “career criminal”. Find out more…
The Government is due to announce its action plan for embedding Restorative Justice into the criminal justice system and Why me? are very excited about this positive step.
Ground-breaking legislation on Restorative Justice is being introduced by the Government to allow courts to propose RJ to offenders and victims pre-sentence. The Restorative Justice amendment (Clause 28) was proposed by Lord McNally on 31st October, a long time proponent of RJ, and accepted by the Lords select committee. A further amendment (12 ) to add […]