Victims get greater say in how offenders are dealt with

Barry Coppinger
Barry Coppinger

A new scheme aimed at helping victims and preventing reoffending launches in the Cleveland police area today.

Community Remedy will give victims a say in how low-level offences are dealt with using out-of-court orders under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The scheme sees police working with other agencies including Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, Victim Support and Unite to offer services around drug and alcohol intervention, reparation or unpaid work, mediation and anger management programmes.

Eligibility for an offender’s suitability for Community Remedy is dependent on their criminal record and the type of crime.

Cleveland Police Restorative Justice Coordinator Danielle Gibson said: “Restorative justice has been used successfully in the Force and up and down the country for some time.

“Community Remedy is an extension of this, but it gives victims more of an input into how those who commit low-level crimes are dealt with.

“The initiative concentrates on repairing the harm for the victims whilst also addressing offender behaviour.

“By tackling the reasons as to the offender committing the crime, it is hoped to reduce the risk of them re-offending.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “In working with other agencies to break the cycle of crime, we hope that there will be fewer victims in the future.

“Community Remedy gives victims a voice and helps to determine the best outcome for them.”