Since January 2020, Restorative Justice is now available in Coventry through the branch of the West Midlands RJ Hub. The service is delivered in Coventry by Claire Elwell and her team of volunteers.
Anyone that contacts the police about an incident, whether it is a criminal case or not, will obtain RJ free via the Coventry service.
How to report an incident
- People should phone 101 (unless it is an emergency, in which case they should call 999). They need not say they want RJ. If should be offered to you where appropriate. But note that you can ask for it if you wish, even if it not offered.
- Or you can contact the West Midlands Hub directly on free phone: 0800 488 0894 or via email at Restorative_Justice@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.
- In addition you can contact them via the form on their website at http://www.rjwestmidlands.co.uk/contact-us/
If you report a case through the West Midlands Hub and it is considered to be a non-criminal case (for example anti-social behaviour) then you may be asked to pay over £200 for the delivery of the service. We therefore advise you to all the police to report an incident.
How the incident is processed
Claire goes through all Coventry reports to the police every day, picks up suitable cases and offers them RJ.
Some cases, such as stalking and some domestic problems, are not offered RJ because they may need to have restraining orders imposed, for example, and so a more formal procedure is required.
However some domestic problems can be dealt with. For example mother-son conflicts where the mother does not want the son to have a criminal record.
Claire has about 25 cases currently going through the RJ process.