Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for hate crime in Lambeth and Southwark

This project will communicate the value of Restorative Justice in addressing hate crime in Lambeth and Southwark. This includes hate crimes based on someone’s race, faith, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

Over the course of this one-year project, Why me? 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.

This project is important because hate crime is rising in Lambeth and Southwark, and victims of hate crime are not getting the support that they need. Restorative Justice has the potential to break down barriers between victims of hate crimes and their offenders, and could have a significant benefit to both parties.

What we plan to do?

  • To host Restorative Justice awareness sessions with civil society organisations and schools in Lambeth and Southwark.
  • To increase referrals to Restorative Justice from police and youth offending teams for hate crime victims.
  • To work closely with Lambeth and Southwark Councils and build partnerships which promote the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime.

If you are interested in being involved in the project, get in touch with Tehmina Kazi on Tehmina.kazi@why-me.org

What we know so far about hate crime and Restorative Justice?

Hate crime victims are less likely to be satisfied by police handling of the incident than victims of other crimes. (British Crime Survey for England and Wales 2014/15)

Government research has shown that Restorative Justice can result in 85% victim satisfaction rates, and a 14% reduction in the frequency of re-offending. Read the reports.

Research suggests that Restorative Justice could improve the emotional well-being of hate crime victims (Hate Crime and Restorative Justice, Mark Walters).

What we want to find out about hate crime and Restorative Justice in Lambeth and Southwark?

We want to identify which groups are particularly affected by hate crime in Lambeth and Southwark, by developing strong partnerships with police, youth offending teams and other statutory agencies.

We then want to identify the barriers, needs and considerations that should be taken into account when using Restorative Justice for the different groups targeted by hate crime. We want to do this by working with community groups, and hearing their feedback.

Lucy Jaffé, Why Me? Director says

Used alongside any punishment, Restorative Justice has the potential to really identify and address the harms caused. This is because it lets victims take back control by telling their story and having their voices heard. The reality of victims’ suffering is brought into focus for offenders. This allows them to see the humanity in their victims and helping them to change.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Lambeth and Southwark project, please contact Tehmina Kazi on Tehmina.kazi@why-me.org

This work is funded by the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Fund.

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