23/11/2016

Cleveland Police Continues to Support International Restorative Justice Week

Cleveland Police alongside Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, are again supporting Restorative Justice Week.

The week aims to raise awareness of restorative justice amongst the public and specifically how it can empower victims, give them a voice and help them move forward with their lives.

Restorative Cleveland delivers restorative justice across the Cleveland area alongside partner agencies. It is a virtual hub that the Police and Crime Commissioner created and commissioned, which is made up of key agencies who work to support victims of crime, reduce reoffending and support communities.

Restorative Cleveland also works with the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS), which provides free, independent and confidential service to help victims cope with the immediate impact of crime and subsequently make a full recovery, to offer restorative justice to all victims of crime.

Chief Inspector Paul Haytack said: “Restorative justice is an important tool which empowers victims to be able to get answers from offenders and to explain how they have been affected by crime.

“Anyone who has been a victim of crime can access this service and we would encourage anyone who feels that it may assist them should contact Restorative Cleveland.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “I passionately believe that anyone who has been a victim of crime in Cleveland should, at any stage of their journey, have access to high quality support.

“That’s why I’ve made restorative justice an essential commitment in my Police and Crime Plan and developed Restorative Cleveland, so victims can have their voices heard.”

Anyone interested in finding out more information about restorative justice can visit www.restorativecleveland.co.uk, email [email protected] or call 101.