Victims of crime to get more support in the Thames Valley
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, is pleased to announce that Thames Valley Partnership have been awarded a three-year contract to provide a Victim-led Restorative Justice (RJ) Service across the Thames Valley.
Thames Valley Partnership is responsible for the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) and has 15 years’ experience of championing and delivering similar RJ services in the region. TVRJS will be working alongside Victim Support.
RJ is the process of bringing together those harmed by crime with those responsible, to help repair the harm and agree a positive way forward. The process can help empower victims through having their voices heard, as well as helping perpetrators to face up to the consequences of their actions.
The Service, which will begin in April 2015, will also include Pre-Sentence RJ, where a recent change in legislation allows judges to defer sentence to allow RJ to take place.
The contract, worth just over £917,000, was awarded by the PCC to Thames Valley Partnership after a formal procurement process and forms part of his local specialist victims commissioning plans.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “I am delighted to announce that I have awarded a three-year contract to Thames Valley Partnership to deliver a Victim-Led Restorative Justice service in the Thames Valley.
“Supporting those affected by crime is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan and there has been a considerable amount of preparation in my office to determine how to best meet the needs of victims in the Thames Valley.
“I am convinced that by increasing the opportunities for victims to request and experience Restorative Justice, we will greatly assist individuals, and the people around them who have also been affected by the crime, to recover from the experience.
“I look forward to working with Thames Valley Partnership to provide a high quality Restorative Justice Service in the Thames Valley which is tailored to the individual needs of the victim.”
Patsy Townsend, Director of Thames Valley Partnership said: “We are delighted. This is excellent news for victims.
“It is proven that 85% of victims who participate in RJ are satisfied with the outcome, 78% would recommend it to others and 72% feel a sense of closure and are more able to ‘get on with their lives’.
“We look forward to working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in developing this new service which will provide many more Thames Valley victims with opportunities to recover from their experiences of crime.”
Coral Kent, a previous service user said: “I am so pleased that TVRJS will be providing an RJ Service to victims of crime in Thames Valley.
“Restorative Justice helped me and my family move forward positively as a result of my meeting with the person who caused us harm after a road rage incident.”
Jon Collins, CEO of Restorative Justice Council said: “The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is delighted that Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service and Victim Support will be providing restorative justice in Thames Valley.
“This will allow many more victims and offenders to access the benefits that restorative justice can bring.
“Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service was one of the first organisations to achieve the RJC’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM), which demonstrates they are providing safe, quality restorative justice for everyone who takes part. “
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- In October, the PCC took responsibility for commissioning new support services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley.
- The PCC provided transitional grant funding for services before moving to fully commissioned services from April 2015.
- The Victim-led Restorative Justice service will:
- Provide a victim-initiated and pre-sentence RJ service across the Thames Valley which is free and confidential.
- Provide a range of routes into the service, at any time following the crime regardless of whether the crime is reported to the police or not.
- Provide Victim-Offender Conferences but be able, where a conference is not possible or appropriate, to offer a menu of restorative options to victims that do not involve meeting the offender face-to-face.
- For more information on the PCCs victims commissioning visit: