RJC publishes report on improving victim take-up of restorative justice

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6 March 2017

The RJC is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report – Improving victim take-up of restorative justice.

The report, written by Janet Bright, explores the barriers to victims participating in restorative justice and what can be done to address them. It is the result of an eight-month research project which involved interviews with practitioners, service managers and victims - both those who had taken part in restorative justice and those who had chosen not to do so.

The report highlights a number of barriers preventing higher restorative justice take-up and makes a series of recommendations. These include better facilitator training in engaging victims, removing offence-specific exclusions, increasing the number of points in the criminal justice system where service providers can deliver restorative justice and increasing awareness among key agencies.   

Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “We are now at a crucial stage in the development of restorative justice in England and Wales. Although the evidence indisputably shows that restorative justice works and significant steps have been taken in increasing its availability, more needs to be done to ensure that more victims are given the opportunity to take part. This report will help services better engage with victims and support them to participate in restorative justice.” 

The full report can be found here.