Why me?’s projects, partnership work and unique research has led to findings and recommendations for how the provision of Restorative Justice can be improved. We have also built an evidence base which shows the power and potential of Restorative Justice to support people affected by crime and conflict.
This 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.
Our Valuing Victims project looks at Government funding for Restorative Justice, how it is spent in different areas, and what outcomes have been achieved. Every year the Ministry of Justice collects data on regional Restorative Justice provision. Why me? uses a Freedom of Information request to access this data and analyse which areas are investing the most money into restorative practice, and where the most restorative interventions are being delivered.
The 2021 Valuing Victims report looks at the data held by the Ministry of Justice about the use of Restorative Justice across the country, and gives examples of different practice in six case study areas.
The 2020 Valuing Victims report has the most thorough data on the outcomes of Restorative Justice for victims across the country, as the Ministry of Justice reduced the requirements for reporting on this for the most recent report.
Previous Valuing Victims reports:
Before the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on May 6th 2021, Why me? asked every candidate to #SignTheRJPledge, which said that they “will work to ensure that any victim of crime in my area is informed about Restorative Justice, and can decide for themself if they want a referral to our restorative provider.”
We are thrilled that 44 candidates signed the pledge committing themselves to Restorative Justice. Six signatories won their election on May 6th and became Police & Crime Commissioners.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was published on March 9th 2021, proposing changes to the Government’s approach to sentencing. This Bill followed the Government White Paper: A Smarter Approach to Sentencing which was published in September 2020, giving an indication of their intended reforms. Some of the reforms discussed in the White Paper have been proposed in the Bill, whereas others have not, as they may not require new legislation to be implemented.
Why me?’s initial response to the Government’s Sentencing White Paper gave our views about how the proposals could impact Restorative Justice. This paper is our updated response in light of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
In September 2020, The Government published it’s new White Paper on Sentencing. Our response offers an analysis of this paper, looking at what it could mean for Restorative Justice, and includes our recommendations to the Ministry of Justice.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, a set of guidelines were issued by the Government regarding how to police the pandemic which were in tune with restorative values. This paper looks at the benefits of using restorative policing principles to police the pandemic, and how a similar framework could be used in a wider range of circumstances.
This paper outlines the benefits Restorative Justice can have for people affected by crime, people who have offended, and the criminal justice system as a whole. In doing so, it argues that every victim of crime should have the right to access a restorative process if that is what they want. It includes recommendations for the Ministry of Justice, Police and Crime Commissioners, The Youth Justice Board, Youth Offending Team Managers and HM Inspectorate of Probation.
This is one of two papers written following our project: “Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime.” It is aimed at Restorative Justice providers, police staff, victim and witness staff and Police and Crime Commissioners..
This is one of two papers written following our project: “Access to Justice: Delivering Restorative Justice for hate crime.” It is aimed at those who make national policy. This includes the Ministry of Justice, The Home Office, The Crown Prosecution Service and others.
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.
A Why me? 2019 survey of Police & Crime Commissioner websites with the purpose to review how easy it is for victims to find out about Restorative Justice.