Ministry of Justice "I've got something to say..." campaign for Restorative Justice Week 2015
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, and partners are supporting the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) campaign to mark International Restorative Justice Week.
This year’s theme, entitled, ‘I’ve got something to say’ aims to raise awareness of restorative justice amongst the public and specifically how it can empower victims, give them a voice and help them move forward with their lives.
Week long activities are scheduled to take place from 15th – 22nd November, from awareness raising sessions, reparation activity, the sharing of case studies and an official launch of Restorative Cleveland on Thursday (19th).
Restorative Cleveland is a partnership approach for the delivery of restorative justice across the Cleveland area. It is a virtual hub that the Police and Crime Commissioner created and commissioned which is made up of key agencies who work to support victims of crime, reduce reoffending and support communities.
The event, which will be an opportunity for the Restorative Cleveland partnership to share their success stories to date, will also be a key time to reinforce the message that restorative justice can and does contribute to victims coping and recovering from the aftermath of crime.
Rea Abbiss will be addressing the event to share her recent experience of restorative justice.
She said: “The restorative justice process gave me peace of mind and the opportunity to face the man who I confronted burgling my home in the middle of the night. I would recommend this process to anyone.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, added: “Rea’s story is very powerful and a compelling example of how the restorative justice process works in practice.
“I made restorative justice an essential commitment within my Police and Crime Plan, as I passionately believe that anyone who has been a victim of crime in Cleveland should, at any stage of their journey, have access to high quality provision.
“It is hoped that by raising awareness of Restorative Cleveland more victims can benefit from having their voices heard, enabling them to move forward with their lives.”
Justice Minister, Mike Penning, said: "Restorative justice gives victims avoice. It gives them the opportunity to face their offender, ask questions and take back control.
“Many victims of crime get to see sentences handed down in the courts, but it is not always enough to help them move on.
“We are dedicated to making sure restorative justice is available for every victim of crime who wants it, at all stages of the criminal justice system."
Posted on Friday 13th November 2015