Why me?’s Trevor Watson spoke to Dr Ian Marder, a lecturer in criminology at Maynooth University, who specialises in Restorative Justice. Watch their ten minute video below: Key Points Ian did his PhD in the use of Restorative Justice by police in two english forces, and has done significant work and research about Restorative Justice. […]
Why me?’s Trevor Watson spoke to Gary Stephenson, the Chief Executive of Restorative Solutions. Their 6 minute interview on Zoom is below: Key points Restorative Solutions provide restorative services to Police and Crime Commissioners, do a lot of work in Violence Reduction Units, and work in education and health as well. They see restorative approaches […]
A blog by our Restorative Justice Administrator Carmel Kavanagh It’s a tough time to be a leader, whether that is leading a country or running a small organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The stakes are high, and leaders are making decisions that affect peoples’ health, quality of life and future expectations. Even the best outcomes are […]
The Victims’ Code The Victims’ Code is the statutory code which lays out the minimum level of service which victims should expect from the criminal justice system. The current Victims’ Code has been in force since 2015, and the Government are consulting on a new version which aims to be a “clearly defined set of […]
Viv woke up the night before her mother’s funeral to find that a young man had broken into her house. She was able to meet him again through Restorative Justice to explain how horrible the incident was for her, and to try to put him on a better path. This was exactly what she needed, […]
This is a blog by Renan Araujo, the Policy and Research intern at Why me?. Justice systems across the world are facing a huge backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of outstanding Crown Court cases was already at the highest level in two years at the end of March, and this […]
This is a blog by Trevor Watson, the Policy and Campaigns Director of Why me? Recent police tactics to enforce social distancing regulations have challenged the principles of policing by consent. These principles are based on the idea that police power comes from public cooperation rather than fear, due to police having the approval, respect […]
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 fifth Valuing Victims report was published on 18th March 2020. It looks at the outcomes of Restorative Justice, and how the outputs, ie referrals and case work, compares with […]
At Why me? we are working on our response to the impact of #Covid19, working restoratively as a team to support our beneficiaries, volunteers, ambassadors and each other. From 18th March 2020 the teams will be working from home and all face-to-face meetings will cease to take place until further notice. We will work with […]
After a terror attack, there is a lot of focus on how the general population reacts. But the voices and experiences of the people who were directly harmed by the incident are often forgotten amongst all of this discussion.
Ten years ago, Restorative Justice was an obscure intervention championed by a few enthusiastic pioneers. Today it forms part of the Victims’ Code, Police and Crime Commissioners provide it across the country, and it is being used for every type of crime. It is no coincidence that Why me? celebrates its 10th year as a charity this year.
Why me? are recruiting two new interns to join our growing team: a communications and administration intern, and a policy & research intern.
Restorative Justice can release the human potential of people affected by crime. We have come so far over the last 10 years, but more needs to be done to make Restorative Justice available to everyone.
It’s important for police websites to have clear information about Restorative Justice, or else victims of crime will not be able to find information and services that they need.
Restorative Justice is an amazing process which brings victims of crime back into the heart of the criminal justice process, and unlocks the potential of people who have committed the offence. Restorative Justice Week is a great chance to celebrate and promote Restorative Justice. Here’s what we got up to… Launching papers about Restorative Justice […]
What do the party manifestos say about victims and Restorative Justice?
Our pan-London LGBT+ hate crime project is nearing the end of a successful first year. To celebrate, here is an update on the work we have been doing.
The 18th – 24th of November is Restorative Justice Week, an occasion to celebrate the positive work being done and promote it to those affected by crime.
Last week Why me? and the Crown Prosecution Service presented at an event chaired by Birmingham City University academic Kusminder Chahal on Housing and Place Based Responses to Hate Crime. The event was held at the Race Equality Foundation in London. Disputes between neighbours are common, complex and can make home an unbearable place. As […]
Why me? have been working on a two year project about how to make Restorative Justice happen for hate crime. Our findings were presented at a National Conference in October at our offices in London. In attendance were staff from 12 police areas across the country, Restorative Justice facilitators, PCC staff, representatives of community groups […]
The parents of Harry Dunn, the young man killed in a traffic accident involving an American diplomat’s wife, were confronted with a sudden and serious decision just eight weeks after their son’s death. During a meeting with Donald Trump at the White House they were told that the woman who had killed their son was […]
Why me? the leading UK Restorative Justice charity, is looking for three new trustees to help with our mission to open up greater access to Restorative Justice for all victims of crime. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with the following skills/experience: Lived experience of a restorative process Fundraising experience and skills, to […]
The Ministry of Justice has asked organisations like ours to scrutinize and revise the Victim’s Code. We appreciate that a lot of thought has gone into this from the Ministry of Justice’s point of view, with their detailed Victims’ Strategy. However, we have outlined some concerns about the Victims Code proposals. Here are three key […]
Restorative Justice for sexual offences Why me? wishes to respond to discussion and recommendations concerning the use of Restorative Justice in the context of sexual offending, contained in the recent JUSTICE report. The report states: The Working Party (WP) also considers that Restorative Justice may be a useful educative tool, if used in the right […]
Seeking an experienced and highly organised individual to join our team of seven part-time staff so that we can maintain and strengthen the charity’s Restorative Service. You will be managing cases from prisons, coming from community referrals and from specific crime types, such as hate crime. You will have responsibility for supervising the casework, using […]
Seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly organised individual to join our team of seven part-time staff, so that we can expand our campaigning activities, strengthen our Restorative Service, develop income generation, and ensure good governance. You will be work closely with the Director to grow the organisation and nurture the staff and volunteer team so […]
Dave always wanted to work in the police, but he didn’t see the point of Restorative Justice. “I didn’t agree with it,” he tells me, about the course from Restorative Solutions which he went on in 2007, “I thought it was nonsense and a soft option. So I ignored it.” Dave was a police officer […]
Victims of crime feel let down by the criminal justice system. They are often silenced, left in the dark, and in the worst cases revictimized by the process. Restorative Justice puts victims’ needs first by allowing them to communicate with the offender, letting them know how the crime affected them and seeking answers to unresolved […]
Maternity Cover: Restorative Justice Development Officer – Hate Crime in London – Salary £32,000 pro-rata 28 hours/week to 31st January 2020. The Why me? Restorative Justice Development Officer is responsible for the development of Restorative Justice with communities and individuals affected by hate in the Greater London. The work involves connecting with and developing relationships […]
In June 2019, Why me? visited those involved in delivering Restorative Justice in Cleveland to find out about their approach to hate crime, and to meet Ann Marie Pearson, who had been a victim of a hate crime. Restorative Cleveland is managed by Becky Childs, who runs the service with Paul Shaw. Their approach to […]
On Tuesday 18th June, Why me?’s Tehmina Kazi and Claire Dodds co-facilitated a workshop on LGBT+ hate crime and Restorative Justice, assisted by our new intern Bethan Nicholson. We had 17 participants from a wide range of LGBT+ groups across London, as well as local authorities, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police. All of them contributed […]
This article was written by Bethan Nicholson, a volunteer intern at Why me? I started working for Why me? in June as part of a six-week placement. I was attracted to the fact that they were largely victim-focused and had a real urge to improve the current system. It is refreshing to see a group […]
We believe it is important to state our position on the use of Restorative Justice for sexual offences. This is outlined in our interim position paper below. We note that there is a national drive to seek out of court disposals for sexual offences. This is partly motivated by budget restraints but also the sheer […]
National statistics show that just 7.5% of victims recall being offered the opportunity to meet their offender. In pursuit of our aim to increase access to restorative justice for all victims of crime we have carried out a survey on how each PCC area promotes restorative justice. We have examined this from the perspective of […]
Why me? Responds to Mail on Sunday article, “Khan’s £1.3 million social justice plan helps just ten victims meet offenders.”
On Sunday, the Mail on Sunday published an article about the Mayor of London’s two-year restorative justice programme, run by Catch 22, called Restore:London. Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Martin Beckford criticised Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, for what he saw as being profligate with £1.3 million of taxpayers’ money. He noted that just […]
Volunteer position, part-time We are looking to recruit a part time volunteer to work as our Restorative Justice Administrator. The administrator will support our staff in the delivery and coordination of Why me?’s Restorative Justice service and campaigning work. The post holder will also support general administration. We are a small and dedicated team who […]
Why me? are recruiting a Restorative Justice Network Development Officer. This is a completely new position to develop victim voice in Greater London. The post-holder will work with victim survivors who have experienced Restorative Justice to spread the word about its benefits to a wider audience. The aim is for people to be empowered to […]
Why me? are delighted to be in receipt of Victims’ Fund grant from the London Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime to promote the voices of victims and people affected by crime. Our charity was established by a victim of crime who was burgled and assaulted in his home, who then met the man who […]
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime has published a report on how to tackle the rising problem of hate crime in the UK. The report: How do we build community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise flags up Restorative Justice as a key part of the solution. In the Executive Summary, […]
This is a blog by Tehmina Kazi. She works for Why me? as our Development Officer, working on two projects about hate crime and Restorative Justice. Last night saw more twists and turns in the Brexit drama: MPs voted on no less than seven amendments. A majority of MPs agreed that a “no deal” scenario should be off the table, although this amendment is not legally-binding. Other amendments – such as Yvette Cooper’s amendment on the postponement of Brexit […]
This article is by Sophie Jess, who is a volunteer intern with Why me? In March I applied for a placement with Why me? through University and was invited to come for an interview. I told the Director Lucy Jaffe that I had no understanding of what Restorative Justice was, and she was happy to explain how it works and what the charity does to help promote it. […]
In light of the attack on a Syrian refugee in Huddersfield, our Policy and Communications Officer Ben Andrew reflects on how Restorative Justice could be beneficial in cases like this. The story of a teenage refugee being bullied in Huddersfield has gone viral over the past few days, after this video showed him being pushed […]
Today Why me? and The Parole Board publish two jointly produced leaflets to raise awareness and understanding of one another’s roles with victims and offenders. A joint letter from Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? and Martin Jones, Chief Executive of The Parole Board has been published to accompany the release of the two leaflets: Restorative […]
The piece from Lucy Jaffé shares four case studies of people who have experienced Restorative Justice. Stories like these raise questions about how we approach justice in Britain.
Why me? and Khulisa recently hosted a two day Conference for Restorative Justice and mediation practitioners, community and youth engagement workers from Northern Ireland.
In light of last week’s publication of a Victims Strategy by the Ministry of Justice, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé shares some reflections on what this means for Restorative Justice and victims’ rights.
Recent data shows that the proportion of incidents where victims recall being given the opportunity to meet the offender has gone up. This is undeniably good news. More victims of crime are being given the opportunity to make an informed choice about their recovery journey.
The ‘ideal restorative justice victim’: how professionals prevent victims from making an informed decision
This post comes from Rebecca Banwell-Moore, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield whose research covers barriers to victims’ participation in Restorative Justice.
Jenny, a new volunteer Restorative Justice facilitator at Why me? recently accompanied our Service Co-ordinator to a London prison to meet offenders who have expresed an interest in Restorative Justice. Here are her reflections.
16 Years after the Restorative Justice conference between Peter Woolf and Will Riley (Why me?’s Founder), Peter reflects on how RJ is not an easy option for offenders.
This International Women’s Day, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé writes an open letter to Laura Dern about her call for Restorative Justice at the Global Globes as part of the #MeToo campaign against sexual assault and harassment.
Our research shows that victims are not currently getting the support that they need. The Criminal Justice System needs new ways of tackling Hate Crime and meeting those needs. Restorative Justice has the potential to really address the harms caused by Hate Crime.
Why me? welcomes the Fawcett Society’s report as an opportunity for open discussion regarding the use of Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence.
This post aims to provide some clarity on the difference between Community Resolutions and Restorative Justice and discuss what is important from the victim’s point of view.
On 3rd January 2018, ITV published a news article entitled ‘Thousands avoid prosecution after saying ‘sorry’’. This is Why me?’s response.
A new National Victim Strategy is being prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Why me? respond to improve victims’ access to Restorative Justice
Why me? will be working with Lancashire Constabulary to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice.
Exciting and flexible new position at Why me? to work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop a deeper relationship with our supporters.
During International RJ Week, we spoke with BBC Radio York about RJ and how it can benefit victims of crime
Rosalyn Boyce named as a winner at the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Awards.
During International RJ Week 2017, Why me? launched The Hate Crime RJ Project. Read on to hear how we will be supporting victims, services and the police nationwide.
#RJWeek2017: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s leads the way in providing victims of crime with access to high quality Restorative Justice
Joint press release between Durham PCC and Why me? for International RJ Week 2017
Valuing Victims Part II report reveals not all victims of crime are receiving support to help them recover from harm
We are delighted that Parole board CEO Martin Jones and Chair Nick Hardwick have committed to supporting our Initiative to improve victims’ experience.
As part of the Valuing Victims Part II report, we approached Durham Restorative Service to share how they are monitoring and evaluating performance. Read Durham’s story
As part of the Valuing Victims Part II report, we approached Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership to share how they monitor and evaluate the Restorative Justice service. Read Sussex’s Story.
What have we been up to this month? October newsletter available to download.
On Friday 13th October, Rosalyn along with Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me?, addressed a CPD training day for the Serious Sexual Offending Unit at GMP.
Publishing individual Police and Crime Commissioner replies received to our Valuing Victims 2017 publication
Valuing Victims 2017 Press Release for the media
In October, Lucy will be travelling the country visiting Restorative Justice services, attending national advisory groups and meeting criminal justice professionals to share knowledge and experience in working with victims, and talking about regional practice that works well in supporting victims.
Our team had a great time this month visiting victim services and meeting professionals from different Victim Services across England and Wales. Read On
Tuesday 19th September, our team were delighted to attend and present at the Restorative Justice event in Birmingham
Putting Victims First — Director Lucy Jaffe and Rosalyn Boyce spoke at the Public Policy Exchange Conference
At the Public Policy Exchange Conference we spoke about Restorative Justice, Victim satisfaction rates and the role of Why me? in opening up recovery routes for victims.
Welcome to our newest recruit here at Why me?
E-newsletter looking at all that’s been achieved this summer and looking ahead to Autumn 2017.
No improvement in number of victims of crime being offered access to Restorative Justice revealed by The Office of National Statistics
ONS data shows a 0.1% reduction in the number of victims in England and Wales being offered Restorative Justice.
Thank you to @LDNVictimsComm and team for City Hall event.
Welcome to our newest recruit, Isabella as she shares her first month with us in our London Offices.
Why me? have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to undertake further complex and serious Restorative Justice (RJ) casework.
Our response to the Office of National Statistics Year Ending March 2017 Publication.
Read our recent policy, service and campaigns update.
The Office for National Statistics are considering removing three key RJ questions asked to victims of crime. Share your views.
Valuing Victims 2017 Campaign practitioner’s guides available to download here.
The Restorative Justice community working together to increase public awareness.
Director Lucy Jaffe and Why me? Ambassador, Peter Woolf took to Twitter to have a live Q&A.
The role of trustee is important within the voluntary sector. Davina shares her experience of being a trustee at Why me?
The Conservative Party has unveiled its 2017 Manifesto. Will Restorative Justice feature and what support will the pledge to victims of crime?
Is there a victim focus or commitment to Restorative Justice in the Liberal Democrats manifesto?
This morning saw the launch of the Labour party election Manifesto titled ‘For the many not the few. What are Labour’s manifesto pledge(s) to victims of crime
Will Restorative Justice feature in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos?
How to lose victims and alienate people? Ask them if they want to participate in Restorative Justice
Director Lucy Jaffé gives an overview of the event and shares her reflections in making Restorative Justice an viable option for victims.
The votes cast by the British public will elect a Government into office for a term of up to five years. Will Restorative Justice feature in any of the party manifestos?
Read our response to the Government’s Action Plan and Progress report on Restorative Justice.
Join us for our open discussion event on Tuesday 2nd May.
Director and Victim Ambassador share their knowledge at Greater Manchester Police event. Read on
Lizzie shares about her 10 month student placement with Why me? Read on
Why me? is pleased to acknowledge the Restorative Justice Council guide for prison governors on delivering Restorative Justice. The report makes the case why prisons should be offering Restorative Justice which Why me? fully support. Lucy Jaffe , Why me? Director, said: We hope this will be used by all prisons to ensure Restorative Justice […]
Why me? praised for delivery of RJ in complex and sensitive cases
Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me? was invited as guest speaker to talk to audience following the show. Read on to hear her reflections