Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is championing restorative justice in Lancashire as part of this year’s International Restorative Justice Week.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the process, how it works and how it can benefit victims of crime.
I strongly believe that victims have a right to get the answers to their questions following a crime
The theme of this year’s week of action is ‘I’ve got something to say’ to highlight how restorative justice can give victims a voice and help them move forward with their lives.
Restorative Justice (RJ) gives victims of crime the opportunity to meet with the person that committed the crime against them and a chance to explain the real impact the crime has had on their lives.
The process also helps offenders to understand the effects their crimes have had on the victims and their families and is an effective tool in stopping people from re-offending.
Clive Grunshaw, police and crime commissioner for Lancashire said: “I want victims to know they have a voice and that they will be listened to.
“I strongly believe that victims have a right to get the answers to their questions following a crime.
“Restorative Justice is an important tool in ensuring that happens. It forms a key part of my victims’ and witnesses’ strategy, and I have allocated over £55,000 to develop a restorative justice team and support the development of more Community Restorative Justice Panels across Lancashire.
“I am confident this is a positive step toward making our communities better, safer places to live, and to giving victims of crime and anti-social behaviour a real voice. Most of our officers in Lancashire have been trained in restorative justice and are involved in raising awareness or facilitating restorative justice conferences.” Visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/restorativejustice.