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Durham has been cited as an example of best practice in an influential national Report published by charity ‘Why me?’ to coincide with national Restorative Justice Week.
The Valuing Victims Report examines levels of funding for Restorative Justice and outcomes for victims in each police force area across England and Wales.
Restorative Justice involves the victim and the offender - both must be willing to take part - and it can take the form of a face-to-face meeting or a written exchange managed by a trained facilitator. The process can be about getting answers, a step to aid recovery for the victim and enabling the offender to understand the impact of their actions.
Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham, emerges within the top ten highest funders of restorative justice amongst Police and Crime Commissioners. Durham invests £2.24 per recorded crime into Restorative Justice as part of its wider provision to support victims and survivors.
Director of Why me? Lucy Jaffé said:
“Durham is leading the way in delivery of high quality restorative justice services for victims of crime. Victims of crime are being supported and empowered.
This is in contrast to victims of crime in other parts of England and Wales who still face a postcode lottery of access to restorative justice. Fewer than 5% of victims in England and Wales are aware of their right to request Restorative Justice according to the Office of National Statistics.”
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said:
“The impact of taking part in restorative justice is personal to each victim. Many feel a great sense of relief after meeting their offender, as if a weight had been lifted from their shoulders, and they are able to get on with their lives.”
For more information or to arrange an interview with Ron Hogg, contact details are below. There will also be an opportunity to speak to a Durham victim who has benefitted from Restorative Justice, on Tuesday morning 21 November (only).
Jon Carling: PCVC.Media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or 07814 174417
Nicola Davies: Why me? on 07774 353 139 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Why me? is a national charity campaigning for greater access for victims of crime to Restorative Justice throughout England and Wales and facilitates restorative justice conferences. It was founded in 2009 by Will Riley who has himself been the victim of an attempted burglary at his home; he confronted the intruder, a fight ensued, and Will handed the man over to the police. The burglar was Peter Woolf, a known career criminal, who was convicted and sent to prison for the crime. They met again in a Restorative Justice meeting and that event changed both their lives.
Valuing Victims Report (II) 2017
The report will be available on-line after midnight on Monday 20 November 2017 at: http://mailchi.mp/c46de1a7beaf/valuing-victims-part-ii-publication?e=be4229a2da
A video in which a victim from the Durham area explains how Restorative Justice has helped her can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGPrAfGU5Oc&feature=youtu.be
Posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017