About us

Why me? are the only national charity fighting for victims of crime to have access to Restorative Justice.

Many victims of crime feel sidelined by the criminal justice process, and Restorative Justice can change that. By bringing victims and offenders together, Restorative Justice gives victims the chance to ask questions about the crime, explain the impact that it had on them, and have a say in how the offender can repair the harm.

We have our own Restorative Justice service which facilitates meetings between victims and offenders. We also work with victims, offenders, police forces, prisons, probation services and other criminal justice organisations to improve access to Restorative Justice. We are working on a number of campaigns to increase understanding of best practice, and to persuade Government to ensure that Restorative Justice is more widely used.

The Victims Code says that all victims are entitled to information about Restorative. But only 7.5% of victims with a known offender recall being given this information. That is a problem which we are working to solve, to improve the lives of victims in the UK.

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Our Story

Why me? began with a crime.

Will Riley, an Islington business man, was burgled by Peter Woolf, a career criminal. They fought and Peter was arrested trying to escape the house.

Months later, Will met Peter in Pentonville prison in a Restorative Justice meeting and told him how the incident made him feel. He was angry. The crime had affected Will greatly, making him afraid every time he opened his front door. Will challenged Peter about what he had done and got some answers he had been looking for. Will felt like he understood what had happened to him and why it had happened to him much better after meeting Peter. He felt that he had challenged Peter, not allowed him to duck responsibility for what he did, and directed him towards a better path.

Peter has continued living on this better path ever since. Having previously committed, by his own reckoning, over 20,000 crimes, Peter never offended again after meeting Will. Until he had the chance to hear about the damage he had done directly from the victim’s mouth, it never really struck Peter how much pain he had been causing people. Seeing the damage he had done encouraged Peter to change his life.

Will set up Why me? with Peter’s help, to fight for more victims to have the opportunity to access Restorative Justice. It changed their lives, and they want to see it change many more people’s lives in the future. This video tells the story of their unlikely partnership.

They remain good friends, and continue to campaign for wider access to Restorative Justice.

Read more about our team, our trustees and our equality and diversity strategy below.

Meet the team

Why me? have 6 members of paid staff in our team. All of us are committed to fighting for victim’s ability to access Restorative Justice. Read more about our roles and backgrounds.

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Why me? have a dedicated team of trustees who work with the staff to help give more victims access to Restorative Justice. Our team includes people with experience in policing, probation, third sector governance, and the criminal justice sector.

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