The latest Office for National Statistics Crime Survey for England and Wales show that, in the year ending March 2020, victims were given the opportunity to meet the offender in only 5.5% of incidents while, had they been offered the opportunity, 26.1% said they would have accepted the offer.
And the Victims’ Code of Practice makes it very clear that victims have the right to receive information about Restorative Justice either from the police or the Youth Offending Team, depending on the age of the offender.
Why me? wants Government, Police & Crime Commissioners, Police forces and Youth Offending Teams to step up and deliver real change for victims of crime.
What framework will be used to ensure compliance?
Who will survey service users to check whether they are getting the information they are entitled to?
Who will facilitate the culture change needed to ensure that Restorative Justice is more systematically discussed?