Response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on Improving the Victims Code
This is an open letter in response to the Call for consulting on revising the The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (the Victims’ Code).
In the link below, we have attached a response that is formally submitted by the Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute. The response has been prepared by Mr. Ben Lyon, RJ4All Board member and one of the longest serving restorative justice UK practitioner and Ms. Gabrielle Browne, a victim of violent crime, RJ4All Board member and a campaigner of victims’ rights. RJ4All has worked with them to collect evidence from our work with victims and users of the criminal justice system. We used this evidence to create a narrative around issues impacting on victims.
In this open letter, we want to emphasise the need not only to strengthen the law in protecting victims and bringing this law in line with the Victims’ Directive, but also the importance of working with communities and victims directly.