Why me? are looking for new offices from 1st July 2017. Approx 9m2 (10*10 feet) (6 desks) inside zone 2 in London. 2 people require a dedicated and quiet space to take calls for our helpline and to talk to victims of crime. The other 4-6 people can use hotdesks in an open office. We do not have […]
Read on to listen to Jay’s interview and hear Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffe share her thoughts on increasing victims access to RJ.
A special event to mark the first seven years of Why me? took place on 23 rd January 2017 at the offices of law firm Clifford Chance LLP.
We have a new Coordinator, Claire Dodds, who has already started and will be running the service along with our 15 Restorative Justice facilitators.
Louise writes about the different challenges the service has faced this year in supporting individuals through the RJ process and encourages practitioners to collaborate and communicate at every stage
Lucy Jaffé, Director at Why me?, takes the opportunity during International RJ week to look back at the year and offers thoughts on how Restorative Justice (RJ) should be measured as part of victim recovery.
Victims deserve better! Only 4.2 % of victims received an offer of Restorative Justice in 2015/16, reveals a report by the Victims Commissioner. What value for money are victims and the public getting from the Government’s investment in RJ?
Exciting new promotional materials for Restorative Justice service providers and Commissioners will be launched during RJ Week. Register your interest now and we’ll be in touch!
Will Riley, founder of Why me?, is stepping down from Board for personal reasons. The Board has appointed an interim Chair, Sara Nathan, and will be making arrangements for the future, including the appointment of a new Chair and Trustees. More information will be forthcoming after the next Board meeting on 5th October 2016 on […]
On Thursday 1st September 2016 the Justice Committee published its Restorative Justice Report. Why me? are delighted that many of the recommendations made follow similar lines to our evidence submission and Valuing Victims Report. More details here.
On Wednesday 20th July, Why me? held its first Observer Programme workshop for the year, gathering 20 Restorative Justice (RJ) Practitioners, Voluntary Sector and Criminal Justice Agencies from across the South East to discuss how best to promote RJ to local and national decision makers.
Director Lucy Jaffe comments on the climate of uncertainty we face after the vote to leave the EU. She comments on the benefits of Restorative Processes in moving forward and tackling the conflicting views that seem to have divided the nation.
May 2016: RJ Inquiry almost concluded – Here we give details of access to the written and oral evidence and how to respond. Deadline 7th June 2016.
Thanks to the willingness of Paul Kohler and his wife Samantha and the help of Why me? the benefits of Restoratve Justice made headlines in the UK. It undoubtedly raised awareness of the Restorative Justice Process. Find out how it became possible.
Justice Committee launches an inquiry into Restorative Justice. Stay tuned
We ask the question, ‘Why do so few victims of crime have access to Restorative Justice?’ Report / recommendations published.
Why me? welcome the fact the Victims’ Code is in line with the EU Directive.
In June 2015 Why me? unveiled its very own Restorative Justice service.
Watch “Recovering from Crime”, an excellent portrayal of a Restorative Justice Conference produced by Why me? and the Restorative Justice Council.
Why me? ambassador Dave Rogers gives an interview to the Daily Telegraph Magazine.
The observer programme is 18 months old. Read about it’s success so far engaging local and national decision makers.
Why me? highlights the difference between Community Resolution and Restorative Justice and comments on the difficulties faced when the media and politicians confuse the two.
Victim meets young man who raped her. Katja Rosenberg speaks out.
London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime witnessed a restorative justice meeting in action this week as part of the Why me? Observer Programme
Why me? first observer described the experience as ‘an overwhelmingly positive experience for all involved. Read to find out more about the conference
BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds was mugged at knifepoint last year. Read the full story…
Find out how the West Midlands Police are using restorative justice to bring victims of crime and offenders together in a remarkable series of meetings.
RJ helps an offender realise the gravity of his crime.
Why me? have been busy over the past few days responding to the story that has hit the headlines about the increasing number of violent crimes that are dealt with out of court by means of “community resolutions”. Many news organisations reported the answer to a question asked by the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper […]
Why me? are pleased to announce the RJ Observer Programme is now set up and ready to go. Charlotte Calkin has been engaged to run the scheme on behalf of Why me? with our partners the Restorative Justice Council and the Ministry of Justice. Over the next few weeks and months, decision makers within the […]
On Friday 1st March, Ray and Vi Donovan went to a restorative justice meeting with the third person who killed their son Chris. This was their reaction following the meeting..
Concern that Payment by Results proposals for offenders will put pressure on victims to participate in restorative justice – the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation consultation. Find out more.
Margaret Foxley told her story in the Daily Mirror alongside the man who burgled her home, Ian Ashworth, whom the judge described as a “career criminal”. Find out more…
The Government is due to announce its action plan for embedding Restorative Justice into the criminal justice system and Why me? are very excited about this positive step.
Ground-breaking legislation on Restorative Justice is being introduced by the Government to allow courts to propose RJ to offenders and victims pre-sentence. The Restorative Justice amendment (Clause 28) was proposed by Lord McNally on 31st October, a long time proponent of RJ, and accepted by the Lords select committee. A further amendment (12 ) to add […]
Our newest victim ambassador, Rachel Kemish, talks about being burgled and what it was like going to meet the culprit in prison in The Daily Telegraph’s Saturday property section http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9627884/How-to-beat-the-burglars-this-winter.html
Newbury is one of the first of 100 Neighbourhood Restorative Justice Panels to be established across England and Wales. See the video clip from BBC South Today here…
Why me? wants to make sure that every candidate hoping to become the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for their area knows about the remarkable tool of Restorative Justice. The new PCCs – who will be elected by public poll on November 15th – will have direct responsibility for handling the budget for victims’ services. […]
‘Directive legislation works, and discretionary legislation does not,’ the new IARS RJ research concludes; and there’s much more in this tightly packed publication to stimulate debate…
A place for pre-sentence restorative justice? At the meeting of the APPG on Penal Affairs on 4th July, Lord McNally said that the Government was enthusiastic about victim-led restorative justice. He was adamant that it should be driven by local communities – in line with the localism drive by the Coalition Government. Pre-sentence RJ was […]
Why me? says that the victim’s chair will remain empty unless restorative justice is promoted to victims face to face or on the telephone. Read on for more detail…
The Restorative Justice Council is calling on the Government to ‘ensure through legislation that a restorative process is offered to all victims of crime, whenever an offender pleads guilty to their offence and agrees to participate.’ SIGN the PETITION…
Restorative Justice is highlighted in ‘Pathways from Crime’, a report by Transition to Adulthood alliance launched today. The report identifies ten points in the criminal justice process where a more rigorous and effective approach for young adults and young people in the transition to adulthood (16-24) can be delivered.
Theresa May announces anti-social orders which will simplify the delivery of local justice. These replace ASBOs. But are they any more effective? Local Neighbourhood Restorative Justice Panels are the answer to local crime. Read more..
See exclusive pictures of the event at Clifford Chance to mark 10 years since Peter Woolf burgled Will Riley’s house and attacked him. Minster of Prisons, Crispin Blunt, Rob Flello MP, Shadow Justice Minister and Baroness Linklater were all present alongside professionals from across the country representing police, probation, prisons and victim agencies.
A ground-breaking education pack was launched by Every Action has its Consequences on 3rd May 2012. It is aimed at young people who act quickly and thoughtlessly as a result of drinks, drugs or bravado. Read more to find out how to get your pack….
Tanya Byron was interviewed by Prison Radio Association (PRA) with other victims of crime and offenders. The result is a startling introduction to the impact of a victim of crime telling offenders how they feel. Read more on the Guardian review page and also on the Victim Support news page. Listen to Tanya being interviewed […]
On 20th March 2012 and in the House of Lords, the Government rejected the third and probably final attempt “To add restorative justice to the statutory purposes of sentencing” within the Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Bill. Lord Woolf argued eloquently alongside Lords Ramsbottom (former Chief Inspector of Prisons), Beecham and Dholakia, for this […]
The meeting on 21st March 2012 addressed Getting it right for Victims and Witnesses – a Government consultation. Why me? are very concerned that restorative justice programmes will be even more patchy as a result of local commissioning. Practical support and resources are not sufficient to support victims who want RJ despite the positive rhetoric. We urge you to write to Government in response to consultation!
Peter’s and Will’s story hits the newstands and goes online today in the Daily Mail. Readers are inspired and have made comments, the best of which are here.
March 2002 – ten years ago, Peter Woolf burgled Will Riley’s house. Will Riley physically fought Peter and was extremely angry. They met in a life-changing Restorative Justice meeting. Read more about their story and how you can support the campaign.
Most victims of crime do not know about Restorative Justice. Ray and Vi Donovan talked to Victim Support Managers for Sussex and Surrey on Tuesday 6th March. They talked about the Restorative Justice meeting with one of the young men who attacked and killed their son Chris. They talked about the freedom this meeting brought […]