A report produced by charity Why Me? has praised Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, for investing in and developing a good model for the delivery of Restorative Justice (RJ) in her force area.
Trevor Watson from Why Me?, said: “The research undertaken by Why me? indicates Northumbria PCC has clearly invested in setting up an RJ service. We very much welcome these efforts which shows the victims in the area are valued and their needs have been considered”.
RJ is a process that brings together victims and offenders, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
In 2013, PCCs were given additional funding to run local victims’ services, which included RJ capacity building and service delivery.
Since then, Northumbria and its independent victim referral service Victims First Northumbria, set up by Commissioner Baird in April 2015, is regularly cited as a good practice model through which RJ can be used as part of a victim’s recovery journey.
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