Our campaigns’ aims are to increase access to Restorative Justice for victims of crime in England and Wales. We do this by celebrating good practice, highlighting gaps, working with practitioners and decision-makers and doing our own research.
Our primary campaign at the moment is the Access to Justice project. This project looks at how Restorative Justice is under-utilised for particular crime types, and how we can increase understanding and use of it in those cases.
Access to Justice currently comprises of three projects, all of which focus on the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime.
Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime
For this project we are working directly with police teams in Lancashire, Cambridgeshire and Avon & Somerset to improve access to Restorative Justice for victims of hate crimes, allowing them to make an informed choice about their recovery.
About Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime
Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for hate crime in Lambeth and Southwark
For this project we are working in Lambeth and Southwark to communicate the value of Restorative Justice in addressing hate crime. We will be working with police forces, youth offending teams, parent-teacher associations and civil society organisations to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice in these two boroughs.
Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime
For this project we are promoting Restorative Justice as a method of addressing LGBT+ hate crime across London. We are working with LGBT+ organisations which focus on tackling hate crime, and will deliver several workshops with members of the LGBT+ community.
The Valuing Victims Campaign highlights the challenges victims face in accessing Restorative Justice (RJ) and highlights and promotes good practice.
About Valuing Victims
Making the Parole Board work for victims
Why me? and the Parole Board collaborate to support greater awareness of RJ amongst the Parole Board Panel Members and also to increase understanding about The Parole Board process among RJ services and practitioners.
About the Parole Board work
The Observer Programme
Why me? is organising access to Restorative Justice meetings for newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners, Government Ministers, the judiciary and local decision-makers.
The Observer Programme