Empowering victims to speak out

This project aims to amplify the voices of people affected by crime within Greater London. Its primary purpose is to work with people who have benefited from Restorative Justice to help them to tell their story. We will also support them to influence policy and participate in decisions about service design and practice.

What we are doing

  • Recruiting and training people across London to speak about their experience of Restorative Justice.
  • Accompanying them to meet policy makers and to participate in service and policy design.
  • Developing a peer network process for people affected by crime who wanted to speak to others about Restorative Justice.

What we know so far about victims’ voices promoting Restorative Justice

  • In 2019, the number of victims nationally who were aware that they had been offered Restorative Justice was less than 5%.
  • Stories from Restorative Justice participants can illustrate its impact, improve public awareness of the process, and increase the number of people affected by crime who take part.
  • There is a need for people from a wider range of backgrounds to speak out about their positive experiences.

What we want to achieve

  • To increase the number of people speaking about their experience of Restorative Justice.
  • To increase the diversity of experience and background of people speaking out.
  • To create better awareness of Restorative Justice among underrepresented communities and individuals, leading to better understanding of Restorative Justice and more people asking for Restorative Justice.

We are pleased that the Mayor of London has recognised the importance of Restorative Justice in transforming lives and tackling crime. Through this one-year project we will be working with people with lived experience of Restorative Justice to promote their experience, to enable them to shape policy, and to do that in a safe and supported way.

Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me?

The leaflet below explains more about this project, and what it is like to be an ambassador for Why me?. Let us know if you would like a hard copy.

For more information about the project email Linda at Linda.Millington@why-me.org

This work is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Victims’ Fund.

© 2020 Why me? Charity no. 1137123. Company no. 6992709.

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