Evidence

Restorative Justice is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of people affected by crime. The evidence below demonstrates the impact that Restorative Justice can have.

85% of victims who took part in a Restorative Justice meeting were satisfied with the process.

Restorative Justice can reduce reoffending rates by up to 27%.

Despite these benefits, only 5.5% of victims with a known offender recall being told about Restorative Justice.

For every £1 invested in Restorative Justice, £14 is saved.


Here you can find our latest reports, guides and resources, which show the impact of Restorative Justice, share best practice and demonstrate how access to Restorative Justice can be widened.

How to communicate Restorative Justice effectively

How to communicate Restorative Justice effectively

March 2024

Not many people know what Restorative Justice is, and for criminal justice professionals, it can be hard to explain to someone affected by crime. This short guide gives suggestions as to how to communicate Restorative Justice most effectively, ensuring that a wider range of people can access it. Based on our extensive research into reframing, the guide covers the language you should use, how to avoid misconceptions and the topics you should focus on when bringing it up.

 


LGBTQ+ Good Practice GuideGood practice when working with LGBTQ+ hate crimes and incidents

February 2024

This Good Practice Guide is the culmination of our learning over the past five years of our project exploring the use of Restorative Justice for LGBTQ+ hate crime. The purpose is to provide a guide for restorative services and practitioners to promote and support Restorative Justice for those affected by LGBTQ+ hate crimes and incidents. We hope that services and practitioners will gain knowledge from our work and implement the recommendations to ensure that both the LGBTQ+ and restorative sectors are working to meet the needs of those affected by LGBTQ+ hate crime.


Restorative Justice for Young Adults in Prison and on ProbationRestorative Justice for Young Adults in Prison and on Probation

November 2023

We all want young people to be able to lead productive, safe and healthy lives. But, many young people in contact with the Criminal Justice System become trapped in a spiral of crime, unable to see a way out. Why me? have completed a three-year project aiming to ensure that children and young people can access Restorative Justice to escape the spiral of crime and make positive changes to their lives.

We have produced a short report aimed at policy-makers and HMPPS, containing some key policy recommendations for improving access to Restorative Justice for young adults.


Good practice when working with English as an Additional Language speakersGood practice when working with English as an Additional Language speakers

August 2023

One of the key premises of Restorative Justice is that dialogue enables people to address and resolve matters that arise from harmful actions. For Restorative Justice to work effectively, words need to be heard and understood. But, people affected by crime who don’t speak English as a first language often face cultural and language barriers to accessing the Criminal Justice System.

Why me? has worked, through Project Articulate, to ensure that Restorative Justice is inclusive and participative for all, including people who speak English as an Additional Language. This Good Practice Guide gives practitioners support and guidance to do this well.


Why me? and Free2B's leaflet on Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Restorative Justice

Tackling pupil instances of Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (HBT) and Restorative Justice

July 2023

We worked on this information leaflet in collaboration with the Free2B Alliance as part of our ‘Access to justice: Restorative Justice for LGBTQ+ hate crime‘ project. This resource will be used to help educate schools on instances of HBT-phobia and how Restorative Justice can be used to repair some of the harms that have been caused by these incidents.

 

 


Understanding barriers to Restorative Justice for young people, young adults and victims of crime

March 2023

This report is based on Why me?’s three-year project which started in September 2020 and focused on improving Restorative Justice for young people and young adults. The work done within this project has enabled us to learn about the barriers preventing the wider use of Restorative Justice for young people and young adults.

 

 


Youth Justice Services: Good Practice Guide

Youth Justice Good Practice Guide

December 2022

This Good Practice Guide has been compiled from what we have learned over the past two years from our Youth Justice project in order to provide guidance for practitioners working within the Youth Justice sector in relation to RJ and restorative practices. We hope that practitioners will gain knowledge from our work and implement the recommendations that have resulted from it to ensure that the Youth Justice sector is working restoratively to best meet the needs of the young people within it.

 

 

 


Economic evaluation of Restorative Justice report

An Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice

November 2022

Why me? conducted an economic evaluation of Restorative Justice, comparing restorative interventions for victims of crime and offenders with the conventional justice system. The research analysed the economic impacts of Restorative Justice interventions, including impacts on reoffending and its direct benefits to victims. This report shares our findings and is accompanied by an economic model that can be used to measure the economic benefit of Restorative Justice in different areas.

 

 


Using restorative approaches for sexual and domestic abuse: A personal choice

October 2021

Using restorative approaches for domestic and sexual abuse: A personal choiceThis report builds on academic research, the testimony of Why me? ambassadors, and existing good practice to unpick the benefits, concerns and best practice for using restorative approaches in cases of domestic and sexual abuse. In a world where survivors of sexual and domestic abuse are so often silenced, doubted and retraumatised, Restorative Justice can make them feel empowered, listened to and able to move forward.  Having said this, the risks to the physical and emotional safety of participants need to be considered and managed by restorative facilitators alongside specialists in sexual and domestic abuse.

We are calling on the Government to fund training of restorative facilitators; ensure restorative services are available to anyone affected by crime; and empower more survivors to experience the benefits that our ambassadors have shared.


Safe-To-Be by Speak Out Project – Handbook 

October 2020

The purpose of this article is to map out the considerations that need to be taken to conduct Restorative Justice for cases of LGBTI hate crime. It includes key points as they arise at each stage of the Restorative Justice process – from before initial contact has been made, through to debrief and beyond.

 

 

 


Virtual Restorative Justice: Good Practice Guide

September 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, restorative services were facing demand to deliver restorative practice virtually, which the majority of them had never considered before. The concept of virtual Restorative Justice brings up many new challenges which restorative providers needed to consider. With these challenges in mind, this guide goes into detail about the considerations which facilitators should take into account when managing an online restorative process.

 

 


Evidence supporting Restorative Justice

November 2019 

This is a briefing paper on the evidence that supports the use of Restorative Justice within the criminal justice system. This highlights the importance of Restorative Justice, and the positive impact it can have on victims and other stakeholders in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

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