Empowering Victims to Speak Out
This project aims to develop the victim voice within Greater London. Its primary purpose is to work with victim survivors who have benefited from Restorative Justice to empower them to tell their story. We will also support victim survivors to influence policy and participate in decisions about service design and practice.
What we plan to do
- Recruit and train victim survivors from across London to be able to speak about their experience of Restorative Justice.
- Accompany victim survivors to meet policy makers and to participate in service and policy design.
- Develop a peer network process for victim survivors who wish to speak to others about Restorative Justice.
What we know so far about using victims’ voices to promote Restorative Justice
In 2018, the number of victims nationally who were aware that they had been offered Restorative Justice was 7.5%.
Stories from Restorative Justice participants can illustrate its impact, improve public awareness of the process, and increase the number of victims taking part.
There is a need for more victims from a range of backgrounds to speak out about their positive experiences.
What we want to achieve
- To increase the number of victims speaking about their experience and Restorative Justice.
- To increase the diversity of experience and background of victims speaking out.
- To create better awareness of Restorative Justice among ‘need to reach’ communities and individuals, leading to better understanding of Restorative Justice and more victims asking for Restorative Justice.
Lucy Jaffé, Why Me? Director says
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.
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.