Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime

This project promotes access to and provision of Restorative Justice as a method of addressing LGBT+ hate crime across London. 

During this project, Why me? are working with London-based LGBT+ organisations which focus on tackling hate crime.

Why me? have published a chapter in the Safe To Be Handbook by the Speak Out project about using Restorative Justice in cases of LGBTI+ hate crime.

So far, we have delivered the following:

  • Established referral links that enable LGBT+ groups to refer cases to our in-house Restorative Justice service.
  • Partnered with LGBT+ organisations to do joint work on Restorative Justice.
  • Conducted Restorative Justice awareness raising sessions with LGBT+ community groups.
  • Given our staff LGBT+ training.

The project was then put on hold due to COVID-19 making many of our planned activities impractical. With the project having restarted again, these are now our priorities: 

  • Partnering with an LGBT+ organisation, Youth Offending Team and other agencies within a London borough to establish referral processes directly to our Restorative Justice service.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime through attendance at external forums and articles.

We are also aiming to recruit LGBT+ Community Ambassadors to talk about their experience of using Restorative Justice, and develop a UK-wide guidance booklet on using Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime.

Why are we doing this?

  • LGBT+ hate crime is rising, and victims are not getting the support that they need.  
  • Restorative Justice has the potential to break down barriers between victims of hate crime and their offenders, and could have significant benefits to both parties.

Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas met with the teen who assaulted him because of his sexuality through Restorative Justice. This boy apologised for his actions, and Gareth had a positive experience of Restorative Justice.

“People on the receiving end of hate crime have few options about how to respond and recover. Their lives can be transformed by having the opportunity to get their questions answered and to be heard by the person who perpetrated the crime.”

Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me?

The leaflet below gives more information about the work Why me? is doing on Restorative Justice and hate crime. Please let us know if you would like a hard copy.

If you are interested in finding out more about our LGBT+ project, please contact Leah Robinson at leah.robinson@why-me.org

This work is funded by City Bridge Trust.

 

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