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Victims of crime

Jailing is failing the victims of crime. Victims of crime tell us that they are not helped by “tough on crime” rhetoric. Victims have frequently called for support and processes that recognise and give voice to their experience as victims, alongside programs that genuinely address the causes of offending and also ensure that people who have committed crime are held accountable for their actions. Restorative and Transformative Justice processes are examples of this kind of approach.

The Justice Reform Initiative seeks to work alongside people with lived experienced of crime victimisation to build safer communities. This includes ensuring people with lived experience of crime victimisation have access to justice processes that ensure people who commit crime are held accountable for their actions in ways that work to address the root causes of offending, and that people with lived experience of crime victimisation have the ability to participate in a way that is meaningful and healing (for example through evidence-based mechanisms such as transformative and restorative justice processes) and also have access to adequate resources and supports.