Paddy Tipping and Tony Jackson with members of the team
A staunch believer in the benefits to victims of restorative action, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is delighted that funding from his Community Safety Fund has helped to improve the lives of young victims of abuse.
When Mr Tipping visited Remedi’s Restorative Action Project in New Ollerton yesterday (Monday 17 February) Nottinghamshire manager Tony Jackson told him of “amazing” feedback arising from a dedicated victim support group programme financed by the Commissioner’s funding.
“It was a real pleasure to meet members of the Remedi team and hear how they have helped to increase the confidence and self esteem of young girls who have experienced abuse,” Mr Tipping said.
“Research has shown that effectively-delivered restorative processes significantly enhance the recovery of victims – and that is what this restorative action programme is doing.
“The funding we have provided has paid for two support workers to help vulnerable girls and young women who have been victims of sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. That, without doubt, is money well spent.”
Specially designed for girls aged 10-17 who are victims of abuse, anti-social behaviour or bullying, the programme focuses on body image, healthy relationships, health, and drugs and alcohol. Participants are girls and young women not previously supported.
Based in Sherwood Energy Village, Remedi received funding of £24,950 from the Commissioner’s Office to deliver the victim support group programme and also a programme of group-based victim awareness education sessions. These sessions are for children and young people who have committed low level offending such as anti-social behaviour.
Remedi provides restorative justice sessions across the youth and adult criminal justice systems. The aim is to enable victims of crime and anti-social behaviour engage in some form of communication with those responsible in order to express their feelings, ask questions and seek reparation. As well as victims benefiting from sessions like these, research has indicated that instances of re-offending are significantly reduced.
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Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2014