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Why me? praised for delivery of RJ in complex and sensitive cases

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Why me? praised for delivery of RJ in complex and sensitive cases

Impact of Restorative Justice explored on stage

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me? was invited as guest speaker to talk to audience following the show. Read on to hear her reflections

One woman’s voice – asking ‘Why me?’

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ strikes a chord with us here at ‘Why me?’

Valuing Victims 2017 is Live!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Campaigns Announcement from Why me? National Survey looking into how the Restorative Justice offer is made throughout England and Wales.

Looking for a new home

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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 […]

BBC5 Live Restorative Justice Interview

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Read on to listen to Jay’s interview and hear Why me? Director, Lucy Jaffe share her thoughts on increasing victims access to RJ.

Special event marks Why me? anniversary

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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.

Meet the new Why me? Restorative Justice Coordinator

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

We have a new Coordinator, Claire Dodds, who has already started and will be running the service along with our 15 Restorative Justice facilitators.

The Power of Dialogue: Victories and Struggles in pursuit of Restorative Justice in the UK

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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

International RJ Week 2016: A time for reflection

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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.

Lucy Jaffe, Deputy Director

Victims deserve better!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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?

International Restorative Justice Week 20th-27th November 2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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 steps down as Chair of Why me?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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 […]

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Press Release: Justice Committee Restorative Justice Inquiry

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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.

Review and Refine: Observer Programme Workshop

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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.

Brexit: Restorative Approaches offer hope

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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.

Justice Committee RJ Inquiry – update

Friday, May 13th, 2016

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.

The story behind the media storm

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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.

New Parliamentary Inquiry into Restorative Justice

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Justice Committee launches an inquiry into Restorative Justice. Stay tuned

Too few victims are offered Restorative Justice. Why?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

We ask the question, ‘Why do so few victims of crime have access to Restorative Justice?’ Report / recommendations published.

Why me? response to Victim Code consultation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Why me? welcome the fact the Victims’ Code is in line with the EU Directive.

Why me? launches new Restorative Service

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

In June 2015 Why me? unveiled its very own Restorative Justice service.

See what happens at a Restorative Justice Conference

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Watch “Recovering from Crime”, an excellent portrayal of a Restorative Justice Conference produced by Why me? and the Restorative Justice Council.

Insightful and positive coverage in weekend colour supplement

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Why me? ambassador Dave Rogers gives an interview to the Daily Telegraph Magazine.

Observer Programme – 33 through and still open for business

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The observer programme is 18 months old. Read about it’s success so far engaging local and national decision makers.

RJ is not the same as Community Resolution

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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.

Rape victim meets attacker after 7 years

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Victim meets young man who raped her. Katja Rosenberg speaks out.

MOPAC observe restorative justice conference

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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

First Observer attends restorative justice meeting

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Why me? first observer described the experience as ‘an overwhelmingly positive experience for all involved. Read to find out more about the conference

Victim of mugging meets young offender in HMP Littlehey

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds was mugged at knifepoint last year. Read the full story…

Light bulb moment for offenders

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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.

Case Study: Burglary Victim

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

RJ helps an offender realise the gravity of his crime.

Violent Offenders? Let’s keep focused on victims

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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 […]

Observer Programme goes live

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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 […]

Ray and Vi meet third offender

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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..

No pressure on victims

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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.

Daily Mirror features Margaret Foxley

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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…

Restorative Justice Action Plan

Monday, November 19th, 2012

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 pre-sentence RJ to be introduced

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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 […]

Why me? features in weekend property section

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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 RJ Panel lifts off!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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…

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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. […]

2012 – the state of Restorative Justice in the UK

Friday, September 7th, 2012

‘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…

All Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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 […]

Government consultation on Community Sentences

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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…

RJ at any time for all victims of crime

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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…

Pathways from Crime

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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.

ASBOs, Crimbos or Restorative Justice?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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..

Inside pictures of 10 year event – Minister Crispin Blunt attends

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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.

How one thoughtless act killed a young man

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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 radio interview

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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 […]

Legal Aid and Sentencing – House of Lords debate on RJ

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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 […]

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Victims and Witnesses

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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!

Will and Peter – 10 years on – Daily mail readers comment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

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.

Ten Years since the crime …

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

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.

Victims of crime don’t know about RJ

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

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 […]

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