Community Remedy will offer a voice to victims of low-level offences on out of court disposals.
A scheme aimed at repairing harm for victims and addressing offender behaviour is being introduced in Cleveland from today, Tuesday 1st September.
Community Remedy will offer a voice to victims of low-level offences on out of court disposals under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The initiative works in conjunction with several agencies including Probation, Victim Support and Unite to offer services around drug and alcohol intervention, reparation or unpaid work, mediation and anger management programmes. These interventions can also be used when giving conditional cautions.
Eligibility for an offender’s suitability for Community Remedy is dependent on the type of crime and the offending history of the subject.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “In working with other agencies to tackle the causes of crime, we hope that there will be fewer victims in the future.
“Community Remedy gives victims a voice and helps to determine the best outcome for them.”
Cleveland Police Restorative Justice Coordinator, Danielle Gibson, said: “Restorative justice has been used successfully in the Force and up and down the country for some time. Community Remedy is an extension of this, but it gives victims more of an input into how those who commit low-level crimes are dealt with.
“The initiative concentrates on repairing the harm for the victims whilst also addressing offender behaviour. By tackling the cause of the offender committing the crime, it is hoped to reduce the risk of them re-offending."
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Posted on Tuesday 1st September 2015