Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting Restorative Justice Week

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld and Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) is supporting Restorative Justice Week (15 – 22 November).

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC commissioned TVRJS to provide Victim-Initiated Restorative Justice (RJ) and Pre-Sentence RJ across the Thames Valley. 

The OPCC and TVRJS are working together to raise awareness of the benefits of RJ and through its campaign #7RestorativeThings are encouraging others to do one small thing to promote RJ each day.

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 Victim-Initiated service gives victims the opportunity to request RJ themselves, during any stage of the criminal justice process, or even if they’ve never reported to the Police. Victims of crimes which have had a personal impact on them are able to take part whatever the level of seriousness of the crime. 

Victims who have taken part in RJ said “"Someone's given me back the key to my life", "There is nothing now I cannot face or conquer" and "RJ helps you to face the problem you've feared".

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for the ThamesValley said “RJ has proven to bring many benefits in aiding the recovery of victims of crime, and I have heard first hand its impact in providing a means of closure, sometimes years after the crime has taken place.

“I am delighted to be funding such an excellent service in the ThamesValley and to be supporting RJ Week.  It is so important that victims of crime as well as other service providers are made aware of the support that is available.” 

Becci Seaborne, Assistant Director for RJ at TVRJS said, “RJ can make a real difference to how victims and survivors cope and recover from crime. We want everyone to know that they have this option, so we’re calling on the people of ThamesValley to help us raise awareness of this important service during National RJ Week and beyond.”

To find out more about the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service you can visit

www.tvrjs.org.uk

 

ENDS

 

Editors Notes

 

Please contact candy.heinrich@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk for more information.

 

  • In October, the PCC took responsibility for commissioning new support services for victims of crime in the ThamesValley.
  • The PCC provided transitional grant funding for services before moving to fully commissioned services from April 2015.
  • The Victim-initiated  Restorative Justice service will:

-           Provide a victim-initiated and pre-sentence RJ service across the ThamesValley 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.

 

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