Do you want Restorative Justice?

Have you been the victim of a crime? Do you still think about it? Do you have unanswered questions? Is there more that you need to say?

Meeting the person responsible through Restorative Justice could help you to move forward with your life.

Most victims of crime report improved health and wellbeing, increased feelings of safety, being better informed and empowered, and being better able to cope with aspects of their life, following a restorative intervention. Many of them welcome the chance to tell the perpetrator about the impact of the crime, and to seek answers about why they were targeted. Restorative Justice can help people who have committed crimes to understand how harmful their behaviour was, and makes them less likely to offend again. Many people seek assurances that the perpetrator won’t commit this kind of offence again.

We run our own Restorative Justice service and can work with you to see if a Restorative Justice meeting is possible and desirable. 

We are here to talk with you about Restorative Justice and what you may want to achieve from taking part. A meeting between the victim of crime and the perpetrator does not happen overnight. It only takes place after both parties have been spoken to multiple times by a trained Restorative Justice facilitator, who prepares them for what to expect from a potential meeting. While we cannot facilitate face to face meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still accepting referrals and the process can take place online if all parties are happy with this.

To speak to one of our trained facilitators, please contact us on ask@why-me.org

Our Restorative Justice Service

We have trained facilitators who work with victims of crime to help them meet their needs, and who work with offenders to help them take responsibility for their actions. We will prepare and support you throughout the Restorative Justice process.

By having an initial meeting with a facilitator you are not committing to anything further. There are many reasons why meeting with the person who committed the crime may not be possible or desirable to you. But talking about it with a trained facilitator and exploring what you might want to say to that person can be beneficial in itself.

Our service is equipped to prepare you for a restorative process regardless of the type of crime you have been a victim of. This includes crimes which are sometimes not covered by other services, such as domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crime. Why me? have done a lot of work on increasing the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime especially, and have handled a number of such cases. We have previously worked in partnership with the LGBT+ charity Galop, who referred some cases to Why me?, and have a partnership ongoing with Barnet Mencap, who work with people who have learning disabilities and autism. 

If you are interested in having a conversation about Restorative Justice with our team, download the form below:

Why me? referral form

Accessing Local Restorative Justice Services

If you want to get in touch with your local Restorative Justice service you can use our map to find them. Find your area on the map and click on the link for details of who to call.

Map updated August 2018

Safeguarding

Why me? takes safeguarding extremely seriously. Read our safeguarding policy below.

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To find out more about our Restorative service and policy work during COVID-19,please click here