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Community Remedy launches in Avon and Somerset

Anti-social behaviour can now be dealt with by one of the new community remedies

Community remedies can be used to deal with anti-social behaviour

Victims of low-level crime and anti-social behavior will have a choice of how those responsible will make amends for their actions with the launch of Community Remedy.

Community Remedy is typically used when dealing with low-level crime e.g. low level criminal damage, low value theft, minor assaults (without injury) and anti-social behaviour.

Community Remedy has been developed by the Home Office and forms part of the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and will be used, where appropriate, within the Community Resolution and conditional caution process.

In partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and through consultation with the public and community representatives, a Community Remedy document has been prepared detailing the remedies available for use across the Avon and Somerset force area.

From Monday October 20th, where appropriate, victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour will have the choice of the following remedies:

  • Mediation – Negotiation between two or more disputing parties involving a neutral third party.
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC) – A contract that sets out a list of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours for perpetrators of low-level ASB
  • Restorative Justice - Restorative Justice is a victim-led structured conversation that enables the victim (or harmed) to confront the offender (or harmer) in order for the harm caused to be understood with the help of a facilitator.
  • Parenting Contracts –A voluntary agreement between a/the parent(s), their child and someone from the local Youth Offending Team (YOT). The parent will all agree to play a part in helping their child stay away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Reparation - The action of making amends for wrongdoing by providing payment or other assistance to the victims who have been wronged.
  • Structured Activity – A supervised activity to help divert offenders away from criminality and teach them appropriate life skills
  • Neighbourhood Community Agreements – Agreements that can be used to resolve ASB and disputes between several parties within a location/community.

For low level crime incidents, failure to adhere to the remedy to a standard deemed acceptable by both the victim and the officer may lead to a criminal prosecution being sought.

Posted on Monday 20th October 2014
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