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Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is welcoming the announcement from Justice Minister Damian Green which will see Commissioners receive victim’s funding for restorative justice.
It was announced that at least £29million, made up of money recovered from offenders, will be made available to Police and Crime Commissioners and charities over the next three years.
Restorative justice is a process which brings victims and offenders together to tell one another their account of the same incident with the aim of putting victims back in control and presenting offenders with the consequences of their actions.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted at the news that Avon and Somerset will receive victims’ funding for restorative justice. I am hugely in favour of restorative justice and I welcome the financial support to help promote this area.
The announcement coincided with the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice week which aims to help raise awareness of the process and encourage victims to use it where it is a suitable option.
Sue continued: “Putting victims at the heart of the Criminal Justice System is one of my priorities in my Police in Crime Plan and we have some fantastic agencies in our force area providing victim services. However we can all do more to support victims in their journey to recovery and I feel being able to offer services such as restorative justice will go a long way in helping them.
“I have also recently launched a consultation with victims to find out more about their experience with the Criminal Justice System and to ensure that victims can shape the future of services and more information about this is on my website.”
For the remaining six months of the current financial year, £5million has been provided by the Ministry of Justice for restorative justice. Of that £3.85million will be distributed to PCCs. A further £10million will be made available for 2014-15 with £6.25million distributed to PCCs. In 2015-16 at least £14million has been set aside.
The money being handed to PCCs is part of a wider pot of funding for victims of at least £83million through to 2015-16.
For more information about the New victims’ funding for restorative justice please click here.
If you have been a victim of crime and would to take part in PCC Sue Mountstevens Victims experience survey please visit http://www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pcc/survey-on-victim-services-2013
Posted on Thursday 21st November 2013