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.
In the summer of 2020, we brought together members to discuss challenges during the pandemic and what is needed for recovery. Members discussed how they have supported victims remotely; the rise of domestic abuse and the renewed focus on the link between domestic abuse and female offending; the need to clear the criminal case backlog while also ensuring victims retain their rights in court, and more.
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.