We advocate for a greater focus on the needs of victims from minoritised groups and call for the increased use of restorative justice.
Our recent work:
What should the Victims’ Bill include to improve the lives of victims?
In response to the government’s consultation, we called for the upcoming Victims’ Bill to enshrine all 12 rights of the Victims’ Code in legislation and increase access to restorative justice. In addition, we called for the government to improve support for people in prison who have been the victims of a crime and increase access to specialist services for Black, Asian and minority ethnic victims.
We also responded to the government’s consultation on improving the Victims’ Code. We called for the right to be referred to a restorative justice service, which the government subsequently included in the revised code.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic victims of crime
We held a roundtable to discuss the specific needs of Black, Asian and minority ethnic victims and what more can be done to support them. Attendees discussed commissioning arrangements for specialist services; the need for cultural competence in the criminal justice workforce; how low trust in police hampers access to support services and more.
In this report, restorative practitioners and academics discuss how restorative justice has continued throughout the pandemic to support victims of crime. The report also looks at how restorative practices and approaches can help society recover from the impact of the pandemic.
We studied the use of restorative justice across England and Wales in our report ‘A journey of learning, growth and change’, finding that victims face a postcode lottery when it comes to accessing restorative justice. We then made a series of recommendations to increase awareness and use of restorative justice.