New polling demonstrates overwhelming support for restorative justice
The public believe that victims should have the right to access restorative justice, new polling demonstrates.
The polling, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the RJC, sought the public’s views on restorative justice and found that an overwhelming 77% of people think that victims should have the right to meet their offender.
The RJC is now calling for a right to access restorative justice to be included in the forthcoming Victims’ Law, which the government plans to introduce during the current parliamentary session. Including a right to access restorative justice in the Victims’ Law would ensure that more people are able to benefit from the process.
The RJC’s chief executive officer, Jon Collins, said: “The Victims’ Law could be a significant step forwards in ensuring much more widespread provision for restorative justice, which is clearly something the public support. The RJC is urging all those involved in developing the Bill to seize this opportunity by giving all victims the right to access restorative justice.”
The polling also shows that, despite a high level of support for the principles behind restorative justice, only 30% of people had heard of it.
Jon Collins said: “We know that restorative justice is highly effective at helping victims to recover from crime and can also reduce reoffending, but clearly there is work to be done to raise public awareness of the process.”
A summary of the polling can be downloaded below.