Valuing Victims

Our Valuing Victims project looks at Government funding for Restorative Justice, how it is spent in different areas, and what outcomes have been achieved. 

Why me?’s most recent Valuing Victims report was published on 18th March 2020. It looks at the outcomes of Restorative Justice, and how referrals and case work compares with the level of funding in each PCC area. Why me? obtained this data about Restorative Justice for each PCC area through a Freedom of Information request.

Key Findings

  1. Victim satisfaction with Restorative Justice is very high. This is particularly encouraging when contrasted to declining victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system in general.
  2. We question the accuracy of the data which has been provided to the Ministry of Justice. It is important in coming years that police areas ensure that the data which they provide is accurate, and that approaches in different areas are consistent.
  3. PCC areas were not required to provide information on their actual spend on Restorative Justice services. This makes it difficult to scrutinize the marginal benefit of funding these services. Requiring police areas to disclose this information would aid transparency and assist in developing the effectiveness of restorative services in PCC areas. 

Trevor Watson, author of the report comments,  “Our Valuing Victims Campaign champions victims’ entitlement to be told about Restorative Justice. The Victims’ Code entitles them to this, but only 5% of them recall receiving this information in reality. More people could benefit from Restorative Justice, and understanding best practice is an important step towards making this happen. The data in our 5th Valuing Victims report demonstrates how much victims of crime can benefit from restorative interventions, and highlights the significant variations in its availability across the country.” 

You can read the most recent report: “Valuing Victims: A Review of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Delivery of Restorative Justice 2018/19” and our previous work in the Valuing Victims series below.


Valuing Victims: A Review of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Delivery of Restorative Justice 2018/19

A unique examination of Restorative Justice outputs and outcomes from the Ministry of Justice 2018/19 performance framework.

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Valuing Victims: A Review of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Funding of Restorative Justice 2013 – 2017

Exclusive analysis into Restorative Justice expenditure throughout England and Wales

Part I    Part II


Valuing Victims 2017:

Less than 5% of victims are made aware of RJ opportunity according to the British Crime Survey 2016. Through running a national survey and hosting a practitioners’ workshop, we have produced a summary of the key findings and a checklist for practitioners working with victims; showcasing case studies and good practice from across England and Wales.

Valuing Victims 2016:

Our campaign reviewed Police and Crime Commissioner (PCCs) expenditure on RJ services since 2013 prior to the PCCs 2016 election. As a result we examined delivery models for RJ services nationally, produced a national map of RJ services and provided the Justice Select Committee with supporting information for their Restorative Justice Inquiry.


Accessing Local RJ Services

If you are a victim and are interested to contact someone to find out more about Restorative Justice you can use our map – simply find your area and click on the link for details of who to call.

Map updated August 2018

” People make RJ more difficult than it is! It is really a conversation “. — RJ Practitioner

How to have a restorative conversation with victims and people working with victims.

Explaining the restorative process through Virtual Conferencing

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Valuing Victims Campaign: Further Reading


The Valuing Victims Campaign is funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust

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