Are victims of terror having their questions answered?

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 of Why me?

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? hiring two new interns

Why me? are recruiting two new interns to join our growing team: a communications and administration intern, and a policy & research intern.

Restorative Justice: a good news story

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.

How easily can people find out about Restorative Justice online?

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.

Why me? in Restorative Justice Week

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?

What do the party manifestos say about victims and Restorative Justice?

LGBT+ Restorative Justice and Hate Crime – one year update

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.

Restorative Justice week at Why me?

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.

Housing and Restorative Justice

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?, Hosts A National Conference: How to use Restorative Justice for Hate Crime

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 […]

Harry Dunn: A missed opportunity?

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 […]

Trustee Vacancies

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 […]

Why me?’s Recommendations for the Victim’s Code of Practice

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 […]

Why me? Response to JUSTICE paper, “Prosecuting sexual offences”

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 […]

We’re hiring: Restorative Justice Service Coordinator 14 hours/week Salary £32,000 pro-rata.

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 […]

We’re hiring: Restorative Justice Administrative Officer 21 hours/week Salary £26-28,000 pro-rata

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 Pascoe’s conversion to Restorative Justice

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 […]

The empty entitlement of Restorative Justice in the Victims’ Code

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 […]

We’re Hiring: Restorative Justice Development Officer

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 […]

Restorative Cleveland take action against Hate Crime

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 […]

Our workshop on LGBT+ Hate Crime and Restorative Justice

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 […]

Why I wanted to intern at Why me?

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 […]

Sexual Offences and Restorative Justice

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 […]

Why me? survey – Communicating with Victims about Restorative Justice

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 […]

Restorative Justice Administrator

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 […]

We’re Hiring: Restorative Justice Network Development Officer

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? given Victims’ Fund grant from MOPAC

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 […]

Restorative Justice championed by All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime

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, […]

Brexit, Hate Crime and Restorative Justice

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 […]

Life as an intern at Why me?.

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. […]

Reflections on the attack on a Syrian refugee in Huddersfield

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 […]

Making the Parole Board work for victims

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 […]

Restorative Justice: transforming the way we do justice

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.

Working towards a restorative society – report on Northern Ireland visit

Why me? and Khulisa recently hosted a two day Conference for Restorative Justice and mediation practitioners, community and youth engagement workers from Northern Ireland.

Being a victim of crime is not a lifestyle choice

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.

Crime Survey shows Restorative Justice Improvement

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.

My First Prison Trip: View from a new RJ Volunteer

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. 

It is neither a pink fluffy sorry saying exercise, nor is it a get out of jail card

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.

An International Women’s Day letter to Laura Dern: #MeToo and Restorative Justice

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.

Restorative Justice: a Smart Response to Hate Crime

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.

Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice: Response to Fawcett Report

Why me? welcomes the Fawcett Society’s report as an opportunity for open discussion regarding the use of Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence.

Community Resolutions and the use of Restorative Justice

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.

Why me? response to ITV’s article ‘Thousands avoid prosecution after saying ‘sorry”

On 3rd January 2018, ITV published a news article entitled ‘Thousands avoid prosecution after saying ‘sorry’’. This is Why me?’s response. 

Why me? inputs into National Victim Strategy

A new National Victim Strategy is being prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Why me? respond to improve victims’ access to Restorative Justice

Access to Justice: Hate Crime and RJ Lancashire

Why me? will be working with Lancashire Constabulary to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice.

Want to help us grow? We’re recruiting a volunteer Donor and Fundraising Administrator

Exciting and flexible new position at Why me? to work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop a deeper relationship with our supporters.

Why me? on BBC Radio York

During International RJ Week, we spoke with BBC Radio York about RJ and how it can benefit victims of crime

#RJWeek2017: Why me? Ambassador receives Inspiring Communicator Awards

Rosalyn Boyce named as a winner at the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Awards.

#RJWeek2017: Why me? Supporting Victims of Hate Crime

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

#RJWeek2017: Higher levels of victim satisfaction in cases where restorative justice is used

Valuing Victims Part II report reveals not all victims of crime are receiving support to help them recover from harm

#RJWeek2017: Making The Parole Board work for victims

We are delighted that Parole board CEO Martin Jones and Chair Nick Hardwick have committed to supporting our Initiative to improve victims’ experience.

Case Study 1: County Durham & Darlington Restorative Hub

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

Case Study 2: Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership

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.

Autumn e-news update

What have we been up to this month? October newsletter available to download.

Manchester Serious Sexual Offending Unit Greater Manchester Police

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.

Police and Crime Commissioner Response to Valuing Victims Report

Publishing individual Police and Crime Commissioner replies received to our Valuing Victims 2017 publication

Postcode lottery for victims of crime across England and Wales

Valuing Victims 2017 Press Release for the media

Looking Ahead with Director Lucy Jaffe

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.

Putting Victims First: September e-news edition

Our team had a great time this month visiting victim services and meeting professionals from different Victim Services across England and Wales. Read On

West Midlands Restorative Justice Event

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.

[Meet the Team] Anisha’s first month at Why me?

Welcome to our newest recruit here at Why me?

[Newsletter] Summer Update from 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.

Trevor Watson meets London Victims’ Commissioner

Thank you to @LDNVictimsComm and team for City Hall event.

[Meet the Team] Isabella’s first month with Why me?

Welcome to our newest recruit, Isabella as she shares her first month with us in our London Offices.

Supporting West Midlands serious and complex cases

Why me? have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to undertake further complex and serious Restorative Justice (RJ) casework.

Crime is falling, but is victim satisfaction with the justice system too?

Our response to the Office of National Statistics Year Ending March 2017 Publication.

Why me? July E-Newsletter Edition

Read our recent policy, service and campaigns update.

Crime Survey: Threat to Restorative Justice Question

The Office for National Statistics are considering removing three key RJ questions asked to victims of crime. Share your views.

Publications: Improving how victims understand Restorative Justice

Valuing Victims 2017 Campaign practitioner’s guides available to download here.

Collaborating to widen public understanding of Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice community working together to increase public awareness.

Live Twitter Q&A with Lucy and Peter

Director Lucy Jaffe and Why me? Ambassador, Peter Woolf took to Twitter to have a live Q&A.

Becoming a Trustee of Why me? By Dr. Davina Cull

The role of trustee is important within the voluntary sector. Davina shares her experience of being a trustee at Why me?

Forward Together for All?

The Conservative Party has unveiled its 2017 Manifesto. Will Restorative Justice feature and what support will the pledge to victims of crime?

Changing the Future for Victims of Crime?

Is there a victim focus or commitment to Restorative Justice in the Liberal Democrats manifesto?

Restorative Justice: For the many or the few?

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

PM backs Restorative Justice!

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.

General Election 2017: Manifesto Pledges on Restorative Justice?

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?

Why me? responds to the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice Progress Report and Action Plan

Read our response to the Government’s Action Plan and Progress report on Restorative Justice.

What is best practice in making the Restorative Justice offer to victims?

Join us for our open discussion event on Tuesday 2nd May.

Sharing Knowledge with Serving Police Officers

Director and Victim Ambassador share their knowledge at Greater Manchester Police event. Read on

[Meet the Team] Placement Student’s time with Why me?

Lizzie shares about her 10 month student placement with Why me? Read on

Why me? welcome the Restorative Justice Council Guide for Prison Governors

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

Why me? praised for delivery of RJ in complex and sensitive cases

Impact of Restorative Justice explored on stage

Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me? was invited as guest speaker to talk to audience following the show. Read on to hear her reflections

One woman’s voice – asking ‘Why me?’

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ strikes a chord with us here at ‘Why me?’

Valuing Victims 2017 is Live!

Campaigns Announcement from Why me? National Survey looking into how the Restorative Justice offer is made throughout England and Wales.

Looking for a new home

Why me? are looking for new offices from 1st July 2017. Approx  10*10 feet  (6 desks) inside zone 2 in London. 2 people require a dedicated and quiet space to take calls for our helpline and to talk to victims of crime. The other 4-6 people can use hot-desks in an open office. We do not have storage […]

BBC5 Live Restorative Justice Interview

Read on to listen to Jay’s interview and hear Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffe share her thoughts on increasing victims access to RJ.

Special event marks Why me? anniversary

A special event to mark the first seven years of Why me? took place on 23 rd January 2017 at the offices of law firm Clifford Chance LLP.

Meet the new Why me? Restorative Justice Coordinator

We have a new Coordinator, Claire Dodds, who has already started and will be running the service along with our 15 Restorative Justice facilitators.

The Power of Dialogue: Victories and Struggles in pursuit of Restorative Justice in the UK

Louise writes about the different challenges the service has faced this year in supporting individuals through the RJ process and encourages practitioners to collaborate and communicate at every stage

Victims deserve better!

Victims deserve better! Only 4.2 % of victims received an offer of Restorative Justice in 2015/16, reveals a report by the Victims Commissioner. What value for money are victims and the public getting from the Government’s investment in RJ?

Will Riley steps down as Chair of Why me?

Will Riley, founder of Why me?, is stepping down from Board for personal reasons. The Board has appointed an interim Chair, Sara Nathan, and will be making arrangements for the future, including the appointment of a new Chair and Trustees. More information will be forthcoming after the next Board meeting on 5th October 2016 on […]

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